Story: Early mapping

Surveying in the South Island

Surveying in the South Island

Walter Mantell drew these sketches during his 1848 journey from Kaiapoi to Dunedin. Mantell was responsible for setting aside reserves of land for the Ngāi Tahu tribe within the recently purchased Canterbury block. Clockwise from top left: a squashed hat; either Mantell or his assistant Malmanche looking through a theodolite; a Māori food storage platform; two men taking bearings across a river, with a theodolite.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-334-089
Pencil sketch by Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell

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Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - Mapping for settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2022)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007