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Whanganui settlement and its stockades, 1847

Whanganui settlement and its stockades, 1847

The uncertainty in Māori–Pākehā relations in Whanganui from late 1846 led to the building of stockades near the town. This artwork by Thomas Collinson, from July 1847, shows the stockades sitting protectively above the small settlement. Most settlers, including all women and children, had already 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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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Drawing by Thomas Bernard Collinson

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - European settlement, 1840–1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 15 Jun 2015