Story: Visitors’ opinions about New Zealand

Charles Heaphy, 'Part of Lambton Harbour'

Charles Heaphy, 'Part of Lambton Harbour'

Charles Heaphy was employed by the New Zealand Company as a draughtsman. He drew this image of Lambton Quay and Wellington Harbour in April 1841, and it was published by the company the following year. Reflecting his employers' needs, Heaphy presented the new settlement in a positive light in order to attract new immigrants and investors. As a result, cows are wandering along the beach, the Māori in the foreground are welcoming a European, and the hills in the background are gentle and suitable for farming.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-026-001-b
Lithograph by Charles Heaphy

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Jock Phillips, 'Visitors’ opinions about New Zealand - Early visitors, 1769–1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012