Motuara Island, Queen Charlotte Sound

Duncan, Russell
Production date
30 Mar 1902
Current rights
Public Domain
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View of Queen Charlotte Sound otherwise known as Totaranui taken from the highest point on Motuara Island on 30 March 1902. The island is covered with tree stumps. At the centre of the photograph a man is seated on the ground holding a cat.

To his left a handkerchief has been placed on the ground. The significance of the handkerchief is outlined by a note on the album page that reads: Highest spot Motuara Island - where the handkerchief sits is where Captain Cook erected a post - On 31 January 1770 the post was set up and New Zealand taken possession of for the use of His Majesty George III and the Sound dignified with the name of Queen Charlotte - a bottle of wine was drunk and the empty bottle given to a Native Chief who was pleased with his present.

Photographer, Russell Duncan.
Production date
30 Mar 1902
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Black and white photograph mounted in an album.
Album (closed): Height x Width x Depth/Length: 337 x 284 x 48mm
Photograph: Height x Width: 156 x 214mm
Subject period
Subject date
30 Mar 1902
Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 15749
Credit Line
gifted by Jasper Herrick
Other number(s)
m96/6-5, Album 5, 15749, 80743


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