Story: History of immigration

Early 19th-century whaleboat

Early 19th-century whaleboat

From the 1790s, whalers made temporary visits to the north of New Zealand. A few left their ships and became shore-based traders. This unsigned drawing shows the position of the whaling crew as they set off to harpoon a whale.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-032-025

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - Early years', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 March 2018)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015