Story: Missions and missionaries

Holy Communion, Taupō, 1842

Holy Communion, Taupō, 1842

This 1842 drawing is probably based on a sketch by George Selwyn, the Anglican Bishop of New Zealand. Two missionaries celebrate Holy Communion with the people of ‘Orona’ on the shore of Lake Taupō. Each missionary stands inside a small tent. Behind them a canoe has been converted into their altar by laying a white cloth over it. On the cloth stand the communion bread and wine.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0180-1845-084
Lithograph by George Augustus Selwyn

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How to cite this page:

Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - Decline of missionary influence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Peter J. Lineham, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Aug 2018