Ethnologist William Skinner learned the Māori language and developed his interest in Māori culture while working as a surveyor. He was a founding member of the Polynesian Society, along with fellow surveyors Edward Tregear and S. Percy Smith. Here, Skinner is standing in front of the stone revetting lining the terrace walls of Te Koru pā, by the Ōakura River in Taranaki, in 1897.
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Puke Ariki - Taranaki Museum & Library
Photograph by Augustus Hamilton
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