Story: Māori overseas

‘The town of Sydney in New South Wales’, 1823 (1st of 2)

‘The town of Sydney in New South Wales’, 1823

In this depiction of Sydney by Major Taylor (engraved by R. Havell & Son), cloaked Māori chiefs stand in the garden of a stone villa. Māori were quick to trade with early European vessels, and chiefs sailed for Sydney to broker deals for goods that were rare in New Zealand. Muskets were particularly sought after, as they afforded a huge advantage over tribal enemies back home.

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National Library of Australia, Rex Nan Kivell Collection
Reference: NK259/B
Design by Robert Havell

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Māori overseas - 18th- and 19th-century travellers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005