Douglas Lilburn was painted by one of his Christchurch friends, Leo Bensemann, about 1942. That year Lilburn composed Landfall in unknown seas for a narrator and orchestra. The text was taken from a poem by Allen Curnow, and tells of Abel Tasman's discovery of New Zealand. This excerpt from the work is played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Oil on canvas by Leo Bensemann
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.
Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Landfall in unknown seas 02/11/1972/Reference ID14282); sound courtesy of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Lilburn Trust, John Ritchie (conductor)
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