Story: Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce

George Toms, whaler's son

George Toms, whaler's son

Māori got involved in whaling very early. George Toms (spelt 'Thoms' in the picture title) is shown in this 1847 picture with a whaling boat in the background. He was the son of Pākehā whaler Joseph Toms and his wife Te Ua Torikirikiri, a niece of Te Rauparaha.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Hand-coloured lithograph by George French Angas

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Basil Keane, 'Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce - European contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010