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Auckland Anniversary regatta, 1862

Auckland Anniversary regatta, 1862

Auckland province celebrates its anniversary on 29 January, and the main event is a regatta on Waitematā Harbour. This tradition dates from before 1853, when the provinces were established. Māori participated in the events, as this painting of the war-canoe race of 1862 shows. In the background are the flag ships HMS Miranda (left) and HMS Fawn.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: GNZ993.2 S78
Watercolour by Frederick Rice Stack

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Public holidays - Celebrating communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/32466/auckland-anniversary-regatta-1862 (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 16 Sep 2016