Maori War-Canoe at Tauranga, New Zealand

Robley, Horatio Gordon
Production date
Circa 1865
Current rights
Public Domain
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Watercolour on paper of a stationary waka next to a shoreline. There are several figures in the waka and situated on the bank in the foreground. A few figures are loading and unloading cargo into the waka. Signed. Dated.
Production date
Circa 1865
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Production period
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Media/Materials description
Watercolour on paper
Length x Width: 174 x 295mm
Height x Width: 349 x 450mm
H.G.Robley, Signature, Handwritten
Northern Style of Prow, Inscription, Handwritten
MMC160, Old Collection Information, Handwritten
Maori War-Canoe at Tauranga New Zealand. We are indebted to Lieutenant Robley, of the 68th Regiment, now stationed at Tauranga New Zealand, for the sketch of a Maori war canoe, which forms one of our Illustrations. The natives of the shores of the Bay of Plenty were not all hostile to the British settle-ment, and the camp of Tauranga was often visited by large parties of these people bringing potatoes, fish, or wild peaches, for the purpose of trade. The canoe here represented was one belonging to Maungatapu, a village of the Ngatahi tribe. It was made of the totara, or pine, with a length of sixty or seventy feet, and a breadth of about four feet, painted with red ochre and oil. This canoe was paddled by fifty men., Cutting, Printed
child/ carried/ at back, Inscription, Handwritten
woman, Inscription, Handwritten
prow ornament/ old women, Inscription, Handwritten
D28/ 36/MMC/160 O/970, Old Collection Information, Handwritten
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gifted by Lady Florence Maclean
Other number(s)
MMC160, MMC36, 33528


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