The uncertainty in Māori–Pākehā relations in Whanganui from late 1846 led to the building of stockades near the town. This July 1847 artwork by Thomas Collinson shows the stockades sitting protectively above the small settlement. Most settlers, including all women and children, had left. The drawing was made on the day that upper-river leader Te Mamaku and his men withdrew from their positions outside the town, ending the crisis.
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