Story: Early mapping

The South Island and Stewart Island (2nd of 3)

This map was drawn by a group of Māori around 1841, for Edmund Storr Halswell, who was working as a New Zealand Company official in the South Island. Unfortunately Halswell did not name the people who drew it, so it is hard to tell whose knowledge this map records. It is mostly a coastal chart, showing and naming harbours and headlands. Stewart Island is at bottom right.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MapColl-834ap/[1841-2?]/Acc.527

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - Māori and maps of colonisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007