Published in Edward Jerningham Wakefield’s book, Adventure in New Zealand, this lithograph depicts the New Zealand Company settlement at Whanganui (then called Petre). The flat pastoral scene, with thatched roofs in the foreground, was designed to appeal to British rural labourers, rather than being an accurate portrayal of Whanganui. The lithograph was based on a drawing by William Mein Smith, the first New Zealand Company surveyor general.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Hand-coloured lithograph after a drawing by William Mein Smith
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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