Story: European exploration

Journey of Brunner, Fox, Heaphy and Kehu

In February 1846 Thomas Brunner and his companions set off to find habitable land south of Nelson. The party was guided by a Māori, Kehu, and included two men with artistic talents. The first was Charles Heaphy, a draughtsman for the New Zealand Company, and several of his sketches from the journey survive. The second was William Fox, who prepared a number of watercolours on the journey. Click on the small images to see the paintings.

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Jock Phillips, 'European exploration - Thomas Brunner, Nelson and the West Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007