Story: Arts and the nation

Cover of the first issue of Zealandia, 1889

Cover of the first issue of Zealandia, 1889

As the Nelson Evening Mail noted at the time, the cover of the literary magazine Zealandia was a melange of popular nationalist symbols. The land is represented by snowy mountains, flax bushes, ferns, a nīkau palm and a beech tree, while a huge moa and a small kiwi represent New Zealand's fauna. The idea of 'Maoriland' gets a nod, with a Māori chief in the foreground and waka (canoes) and a kāinga in the distance.

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Reference: Zealandia, vol. 1, no.1, 1889 (S-L-1263-Cover)

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Jock Phillips, 'Arts and the nation - The 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/44998/cover-of-the-first-issue-of-zealandia-1889 (accessed 22 January 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014