Story: Home décor and furnishings

Inside a mission house, 1844

Inside a mission house, 1844

William Bambridge, teacher at the Waimate Anglican mission station in Northland, included this sketch of his study in a letter of 1844. The very plain room, with its wooden-plank walls and floor, contains a few items of good furniture, including a bed, so it clearly served two functions. At the door sits a visiting Māori chief, and behind him can be seen the Reverend Richard Davis’s cottage.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MS-0130-144
Ink drawing by William Bambridge

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - Settling in, 1790 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013