In 1859, when this drawing was made, Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau) was already showing strong influences of European settlement. This view is from Parnell Rise towards what is now the central city. Auckland was then the capital, and Parliament buildings can be seen in the distance, at far left. These signs of mass migration by colonists prepared to remain indefinitely, and to transform the country for their own purposes, alarmed Māori, even those who had signed te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and supported peaceful cooperation with the first settlers.
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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Watercolour by Andrew Robertson
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