Letter, Fred Hamshar

Hamshar, Frederick
Production date
22 Jun 1876
Current rights
Public Domain
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Brief Description
Letter written by Fred Hamshar at Waihua Ferry, Hawke's Bay, to his brother Tom in England, dated 22nd June 1876.
Fred tells Tom that he received the photograph he sent. Besides letters, the mailman also brings stories from Wairoa of the girls Fred travelled to New Zealand with on the ship "Hudson." Fred writes he knows "all the Maiori's" in Mohaka eight miles away and that he often visits their huts of an evening to sit round their fire and have a jabber with them. He has learned the language; his aunt and uncle are fluent Māori speakers. Last Sunday Fred was down at the beach, although there is not much of it; the sea comes right up against the cliffs at high tide, with large waves that break and strike the coast with a noise like thunder. "The Maori's say the Waihua [River] is haunted by a water spirit" - wai meaning water and hua haunted.
Production date
22 Jun 1876
Production period
Height x Width: 179 x 115mm
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Subject date
22 Jun 1876
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gifted by Robyn Kunaiti
Other number(s)
2018/10/2, 95280
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