In 1839 William Hobson was appointed lieutenant-governor with instructions to establish British sovereignty over New Zealand. On 5 February 1840 at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, he discussed the Treaty of Waitangi with Māori chiefs. His emissaries collected more than 500 signatures over some months, and he proclaimed British sovereignty over the whole country. This 1896 oil painting by Matthew Clayton is an imaginative portrayal of Hobson’s landing at Waitangi prior to the first signing ceremony.
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Oil painting by Matthew Clayton, 1896
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