Story: Place names

Three Kings Islands

Three Kings Islands

Isaac Gilsemans, who sailed with Abel Tasman, drew this picture of the Three Kings Islands. Tasman’s ships anchored off the islands on 5 January 1643, the eve of Epiphany or Three Kings Day, which commemorates the visit of the three wise men to the infant Jesus, 12 days after Christmas.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0105-004
Engraving after a drawing by Isaac Gilsemans

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Place names - Early explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/19332/three-kings-islands (accessed 19 July 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 24 Nov 2008