Story: Volcanic Plateau region

Ellen Spencer and children of the Te Wairoa mission school (1st of 2)

Ellen Spencer and children of the Te Wairoa mission school

The Spencers established a mission school at Te Wairoa, near the shores of Lake Tarawera, in 1852. In this 1859 picture, the children are holding prayer or hymn books. The Spencers closed the mission during the wars of the 1860s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Bruno Hamel Album
Reference: PA1-o-207-16
Photograph by Bruno L. Hamel

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau region - War and peace – the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/15149/ellen-spencer-and-children-of-the-te-wairoa-mission-school (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015