Story: Ideas about Māori origins

‘The death of Marion du Fresne’

‘The death of Marion du Fresne’

This painting depicts the demise of the French explorer Marc Joseph Marion du Fresne’s at Manawaora Bay, Northland in 1772. Artists in Europe often indulged in romantic interpretations of the South Seas. The columns of the storehouse at right are more Roman than Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-824-3
Drawing by Charles Meryon

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How to cite this page:

K. R. Howe, 'Ideas about Māori origins - 1840s–1930s: the Aryan theory', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

Story by K. R. Howe, published 8 Feb 2005