Story: Chatham Islands

Whaler and wife

Whaler and wife

Whalers made their homes on the Chatham Islands from around 1840 and many, such as Bill Tennent (pictured here), took local Māori or Moriori women as their spouses. Many Chatham Island families descend from these unions.

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Nantucket Historical Association
Reference: P1978
Photograph by W.H. Rau

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - From first settlement to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37794/whaler-and-wife (accessed 20 May 2019)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 4 May 2015