Story: Rural mythologies

Nelson in 1842 (1st of 3)

Nelson in 1842

This hand-coloured lithograph, based on a drawing by John Saxton, was published in Edward Jerningham Wakefield’s book, Adventure in New Zealand. The illustrations in the book were intended to present New Zealand as a perfect location for English rural life. Its aim was to attract rural labourers and others who wanted to recreate a settled country life in New Zealand. This scene shows Nelson as prosperous, with many small farms. The people in the foreground are building new homes.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0011-06-2
Hand-coloured engraving after a drawing by John Waring Saxton

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Immigrant hopes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008