Painting [False Island]; Brooke, E; 1910; CT78.365


Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre Wahi Kahuika - the Meeting Place – a rest on your journey.


Painting [False Island]

About this object

Painting; an oil painting depicting the scene from Catlins Heads, looking towards The Triplets and False Island, as it would have appeared to Captain Hayward on the day of the wreck of the Surat. Painted by E Brook, 1910. Set in a wide wooden frame, with gilded inner edge.

The 'Surat' ran aground in a sinking condition, in Catlins Bay (now Surat Bay), on the 1st of January, 1874. No lives were lost, but the passengers lost many of their personal possessions. A later marine inquiry found the Captain and First Officer to be at fault for the wreck.


Brooke, E

Maker Role


Date Made


Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, The Catlins, Catlins Heads

Inscription and Marks

Signed in paint in the lower left corner: "False Island / E Brook 1910"






h 605mm x l 450mm x w 45mm

Subject and Association Keywords

fine arts, painting, special subjects, landscape painting

Subject and Association Keywords

fine arts, painting, special subjects, marine painting

Subject and Association Keywords

navigation. merchant marine, shipwrecks and fires

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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