This engraving shows the whaling station of Joseph Toms (spelt 'Thoms' in the picture title) at Paremata in the 1840s. The station was visited by Edward Jerningham Wakefield, the son of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. In 1845 Jerningham Wakefield published Adventure in New Zealand, which included an account of the whaling communities he encountered in the Kapiti area.
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