James Butterworth of New Plymouth was a major collector and trader of Māori artefacts from 1867 until his death in 1903. He was the proprietor of the 'Old Curiosity Shop', which was an outlet for his collecting and a source of items for other collectors. Butterworth sourced a lot of items from the Maori settlement of Parihaka in Taranaki. Part of his collection ended up in major museums, including Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand, Canterbury Museum and Puke Ariki in New Plymouth.
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