Story: Sandflies and mosquitoes

Devoured by sandflies

Devoured by sandflies

The artist William Webster Hawkins made this sketch of himself in a room at Abbott's accommodation house, Featherston (in the Wairarapa) around 1867. He notes that he would have been ‘devoured alive’ had he not been quick in dressing, and vows ‘not to stay there the night again if I can help it’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-370-006-2
Ink drawing by William Webster Hawkins

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Carl Walrond, 'Sandflies and mosquitoes - Sandflies: New Zealand’s blackflies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2018)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007