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Daguerreotype of Caroline and Sarah Barrett, early 1850s (2nd of 2)

Daguerreotype of Caroline and Sarah Barrett, early 1850s

This daguerreotype of sisters Caroline and Sarah Barrett, daughters of Englishman Dicky Barrett and his wife Wakaiwa Rawinia, granddaughter of paramount Te Āti Awa chief Tautara, was taken by Lawson Insley in late 1852 or early 1853. It is one of the earliest known photographic portraits of Māori. 

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Reference: A71.462
Photograph by Lawson Insley

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How to cite this page:

Peter Ireland, 'Photography - Early photography, 1840–1880s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Peter Ireland, published 22 Oct 2014