In 1868, 1870 and 1872 the Native Land Court held hearings on the Chatham Islands to establish valid titles to land in accordance with New Zealand land law. The courthouse is in the centre of this photograph. The operation of the ‘1840 rule’ meant that those in occupation of land in 1840 had the greatest claim to it. Moriori, who had been displaced from their land at that time by Māori, were disadvantaged in the hearings.
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Canterbury Museum, Bassett Collection
Photograph by Alfred Martin
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