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1. Emigrant Ships Charles Heaphy

2. Early Settlers William Strutt

3. The First New Zealand Writers
Pages from the journal written by Edward Jerningham Wakefield (1820–79).

Wakefield suffered from, as his father put it, “colonial habits”, the worst of them being intemperance as a result of which, what might have been a brilliant career terminated in disappointment (dogged by alcoholism he died penniless at Ashburton). But even if he failed to fulfill the precocious promise of his youth, Jerningham established a claim on the esteem of posterity, by his journeys and explorations and, above all, by the liveliness and colour of his 1845 book, Adventure in New Zealand, from 1839 to 1844; with Some Account of the Beginning of the British Colonization of the Islands. Covering the period from 1850 to 1858, the journal was missing for about a century before coming up for auction in Dunedin in 2008. Further reading: Otago Daily Times, 25 Jun 2008

4. Family Reunions
Dixon family reunion in 1992. Photo by Dave Hansford for the Dominion Post, May 1992

Current Projects pages

No Simple Passage

  1. Sailing ship: still looking for the citation for this
  2. Charles Heaphy Thorndon Flat and part of the city of Wellington. April, 1841. Watercolour 419 x 612 mm. Horizontal image. Reference No: C-025-010. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Contents: View from Clay Point (the bank above the junction of modern Willis Street and Lambton Quay), with the New Zealand Company flag flying, looking north along the beachline (Lambton Quay) towards a sandspit (Midland Park), past the low hill with the house of Colonel William Wakefield (the site of The Beehive today) to Thorndon, with Pipitea Pa close to the point of land on the waterfront in the distance. There are several ships in the harbour, the largest being the London in port after her first voyage to New Zealand. The clearings in the bush on Tinakori Hill are Maori potato plantations. On the beach are a cart being drawn by four bullocks, other carts, small boats and several men. Back
  3. Strutt, William: painted in 1855 or 1856. Part of Strutt, William 1825-1915: A collection of drawings in water colour ink and pencil illustrative of the scenery and early life of settlers and Maoris of New Zealand. Reference No: E-453-f-003. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Contents: In a clearing in dense bush, a settler on the roof of his hut is trying to cover the chimney which is on fire, a common occurrence in the early days. His wife stands watching him. Back
  4. Samuel Charles Brees, 1810-1865: Barrett's Hotel, Wellington. Drawn by S C Brees between 1842 and 1845. Engraved by Henry Melville, London, 1847. Part of Brees, Pictorial Illustrations of New Zealand. Reference No: A-109-027. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Contents: shows Maori on beach, flag flying from hotel (owned by Mr & Mrs Suisted at the time of painting) with a billiard room and Freemasons' hall projecting from the north end of the hotel and a house beyond belonging to Messrs Dorset & Sutton, called Medical Hall. The hills in the distance are the Eastern Hutt hills. Two jetties on the beach. Back
  5. New Zealand Company Regulations to be observed on board the NZ Company's emigrant ships. London; Johnston & Barrett, Printers, 1842. Reference No: PUBL-0211. Drawings and Prints Collection. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Back
  6. To the Memory of Alfred Matthews Alfred was the son of Charles and Elizabeth Matthews who came out on the London in 1842. Alfred's children built a church to honour their parents' memory and as a memorial to pioneers of the district. The church is ecumenical, which was Alfred's wish, a place for all those in the area to use. This window and its twin, honouring Alfred's wife Hannah, are modelled on the Biblical story of Isaac and Rebekah but feature flora, fauna and terrain dear to Alfred and Hannah: the native cabbage tree, ponga, Wairarapa Lake, hills and sheep. In 1928 photos were sent to England where the window was made. The church stands in Western Lake Road, Featherston, and the graves of Charles and Elizabeth, with some of their children, are also there. Back

Published Work pages

Writers in Residence

  1. Writers in Residence cover: design by Christine Hansen. Illustration by William Packe, 'Samuel Butler's Homestead at Mesopotamia'. c 1868. A-196-105. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. Contents: Two thatched sod huts, a man with a horse, washing strung on a line in the foreground and a sheep's carcass hanging on the left. Foothills and snow-clad mountains beyond. Samuel Butler took up his station at Mesopotamia in 1860, leaving it in 1864, after doubling his money. William Packe, with his brother George, took up the neighbouring station Raincliff in 1868. Back
  2. Mary Anne Broome, (Lady Barker), in London, c 1874. Courtesy Betty Gilderdale and Ann Duff. Back
  3. F E Maning: Reference No: 1/2-007899-F. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Contents: Head and shoulders frontal portrait of Frederick Edward Maning, aged 30, probably painted in 1841. He is shown clean-shaven with short curly hair and formal clothing. The original drawing was sent by John Webster, Maning's closest Hokianga friend, to John Logan Campbell in 1900. Webster claimed the picture had been done in Hobart before Maning came to New Zealand. Back
  4. Jessie Mackay: Reference No: 1/4-017416-F. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Contents: Head and shoulders portrait of Jessie Mackay wearing a high lace collar, taken circa 1905 by an unidentified photographer. Back
  5. Samuel Butler: Reference No: MNZ-2833-1/4-F. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Contents: Half length standing portrait of Samuel Butler when an undergraduate, circa 1858. Photographer unidentified. Back

In anthologies
It Looks Better on You cover: design by Christine Buess. Illustration by Liz Abbott: 'Red Frock', acrylic on paper, 750 x 550 mm. Back

Salad Days
Glide Wriggle Zoom cover: photograph by Ian Trafford Back

Historian's World

  1. Held by the Hocken - this photograph, taken c 1905 by J E Fitzgerald, is part of the Fitzgerald Collection held by the Hocken Collections. Fitzgerald was an amateur photographer, father of six and surgeon in Kaitangata from 1891 to 1912. Contact print from original glass plate negative, no 786, donated by the Fitzgerald family. Back
  2. The New Zealand Railways Magazine was the official publicity outlet of the Government Railways Department. Published between May 1926 and June 1940, its print span covered the economic expansion of the late 1920s, the Great Depression, and the years leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War. For more information see the NZETC. Back
  3. Alexandra Redoubt was built during the Waikato War (1863-64). It was a small fort armed with a heavy gun, built on a bluff overlooking a convenient landing place on the nearby Waikato River. A monument on the site of Alexandra Redoubt, commemorates those who served in the New Zealand Wars. Tuakau is five miles south-east of Pukekohe. Founded in 1840, it was originally a flax milling centre. Back
  4. The octant at the Maritime Museum was made in about 1810 by W&S Jones Ltd of London, one of the leading scientific instrument makers of the times. The octant is an angle-measuring instrument with an arc that is one-eighth of a circle (45 ̊) and fitted with sighting optics. In 1731 John Hadley, in England and Thomas Godfrey, in Philadelphia, independently developed instruments for the simultaneous viewing of the horizon and the sun or stars by means of double reflection. These instruments were the forerunners of octants and later, sextants. Back
  5. The New Zealand Centennial News was an Internal Affairs publication designed to assist preparations for the 1940 centennial of the Treaty of Waitangi. Back
  6. Church of St Bride at Mauku, west of Pukekohe. The interior photo shows the famous kauri trusses. Back
  7. Oamaru Celebrations: Lining up for start of the Pennyfarthing Race at the 2008 Network Waitaki Victorian Fete. The Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club honours the heritage of Oamaru cycling. Back