Story: Rural mythologies

Arched rock, Tolaga Bay

Arched rock, Tolaga Bay

This hand-coloured engraving is a copy of a drawing by Sydney Parkinson, the artist on James Cook’s first voyage. Parkinson was impressed by the New Zealand landscape, and in his drawing he recorded this natural curiosity at Cook’s Cove, near Tolaga Bay. In his journal he noted the potential of the same area for growing crops. Parkinson’s drawing was based on an original sketch by H. D. Spöring, the assistant naturalist on the voyage.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-098-024
Hand-coloured engraving after a sketch by Herman Diedrich Sporing

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - First traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/20295/arched-rock-tolaga-bay (accessed 20 October 2018)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008