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A corner of Australia at Kerikeri

A corner of Australia at Kerikeri

The first New Zealand Christian mission was founded by Samuel Marsden from Sydney. Though most of the missionaries came directly from Britain, the mission station at Kerikeri, shown here in Augustus Earle’s painting ‘Bay of Islands, New Zealand’ (1827), looked remarkably similar to Parramatta near Sydney, where Marsden had his base.

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National Library of Australia, Rex Nan Kivell Collection
Reference: PIC T177 NK12/140 LOC 846-850
Watercolour by Augustus Earle

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John Wilson, 'Australians - Early arrivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Mar 2015