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‘Exploring party in the Wairarapa’

‘Exploring party in the Wairarapa’

The New Zealand Company sent explorers eastwards from Wellington to the Wairarapa. This 1840s watercolour by the company’s chief surveyor, William Mein Smith, shows a party on the Wairarapa plains, with Mt Holdsworth as a snowy peak in the distant Tararua Range.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-062-021
Watercolour by William Mein Smith

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Jock Phillips, 'European exploration - New Zealand Company exploration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007