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New Plymouth, 1843

New Plymouth, 1843

This lithograph was published in Edward Jerningham Wakefield’s book Adventure in New Zealand and was intended to present an idealised view of a New Zealand Company settlement. The caption to the original image said that ‘the colonists are essentially agricultural’. The initial expectation of the Wakefield settlers was that the colony would support itself primarily through growing grain.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0011-09-1
Lithograph by Emma Ancilla Wicksteed

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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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - First European economies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010