Mountford Tosswill Woollaston born at Huinga in Taranaki.
Moves to Riwaka and works on an orchard. Begins painting in watercolours.
Returns to Taranaki; odd jobbing, drawing, and painting occasional watercolours.
Fruit picking at Mapua. Lessons with Hugh Scott.
Spends two terms at Canterbury College School of Art. Meets Ursula Bethell. Impressed by the work of R. N. Field at the 1931 Group exhibition.
Visits Taranaki; returns to Mapua. Travels to Dunedin to study under R. N. Field, but returns to Mapua after two terms.
Mapua; then to New Plymouth in an unsuccessful attempt to establish himself as an art teacher.
Returns to Mapua for another fruit picking season. Meets Flora Scales and copies her lecture notes.
Begins to build his mud-brick house.
First one-person exhibition in Dunedin. Marries Edith Alexander; meets Colin McCahon. Guest exhibitor in the annual Group exhibition.
Worked illustrated in Art in New Zealand. Visits Wellington, stays with T. A. McCormack and paints Wellington from his studio window. Colin McCahon and Rodney Kennedy stay at Mapua for the fruit picking season. The Woollastons’ first child, Joe, is born.
Exhibits with The Group. Attends life drawing classes at Canterbury College School of Art. Meets Charles Brasch. Debates the role of the artist in the journal Tomorrow. Publishes “The Origin of Beauty and the Function of Appearance” in Art in New Zealand.
Participates in a group exhibition at 53 Murphy Street, Wellington.
Obtains permanent employment on a local orchard, thus exempting him from military service. Visited by Woollaston’s uncle, Frank Tosswill. Paul Woollaston is born.
Colin and Anne McCahon settle at Pangatotara, near Motueka. Anna Woollaston is born.
Charlotte Woollaston dies.
Philip Woollaston is born.
Ron O’Reilly organises Woollaston retrospective exhibition at the Wellington Public library.
Woollaston becomes a Rawleigh’s salesman in Greymouth. Helen Hitchings organises the McCahon/Woollaston exhibition in Wellington.
In the early 1950s Woollaston begins occasional tutoring for the Adult Education Service.
Exhibits at the Architectural Centre Gallery, Wellington.
Financial anxieties prompt Woollaston to consider giving up painting.
Awarded the New Zealand Art Societies Annual Fellowship, and travels to Australia. Exhibits in Melbourne and Sydney.
Exhibits at Gallery 91, Christchurch.
Paints full time for a few months in the Takaka district. Exhibits at the Centre Gallery, Wellington.
Writes his short autobiography, The Far-away Hills.
Awarded a New Zealand Government Arts Council Grant. Exhibits at Durham Street Gallery, Christchurch.
Travels to Europe and the United States.
The Auckland City Art Gallery’s Woollaston-McCahon Retrospective exhibition tours New Zealand.
Woollaston exhibits at the Ikon Gallery, Auckland.
Exhibits at the Centre Gallery, Wellington
Exhibits at the Barry Lett Galleries, Auckland.
Published Erua. Resolves to paint full-time.
Woollaston has his first exhibition at the Peter McLeavey Gallery in Wellington. Moves to Riwaka.
Commences painting large panoramic landscapes.
A major retrospective exhibition: M. T. Woollaston Works/1933-1973 is toured by the Manawatu Art Gallery.
Awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grant.
Made a Knight Bachelor.
Publishes Sage Tea – An Autobiography.
The exhibition 51 Woollaston Drawings and Watercolours is toured by the Bishop Suter Art Gallery.
Visits Spain, England and the United States with Peter McLeavey. Edith Woollaston dies.
Woollaston turns eighty. The exhibition Woollaston: Wellington Works is shown at the New Zealand Centre for Photography.
Woollaston’s fifteenth exhibition at the Peter McLeavey Gallery.
Toss Woollaston dies.