This framework of crossed sticks joined by a ridgepole is the skeleton of the tent used by a surveying party in December 1848. The group was exploring possible sites for a new Canterbury settlement, and included New Zealand Company agent William Fox and two Māori porters (probably the two men in white clothing). They camped in the bed of the almost-dry Ashley River, where Fox painted this watercolour.
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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Watercolour by William Fox
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