Object #1021735 from MS-Papers-0032-0441

4 pages written 24 Apr 1876 by Gilbert Mair in Rotorua to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Captain Gilbert Mair, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0441 (8 digitised items). Eight letters written from Ohinemutu, Kaingaroa, Tauranga, Wellington, Rotorua, Fort Galatea

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April 24, 1876

My dear Sir Donald,

I have long contemplated writing to you on a subject in which I know you take a very deep interest, namely the collection and preservation of the many curious and ingenious weapons and carvings of the Maories, ancient and present, their weapons of warfare, the chase, domestic utensils and articles of ornament etc. Upon visiting any of our colonial museums, one cannot help remarking the meagre collection of these curiosities; and if you would not mind my making the suggestion, I would propose that a sum of money be placed upon the next estimates for the purpose of procuring a complete national collection of these very interesting articles, which are so quickly being bought up by foreign museums, and by Tourists, that in a few years, it will be impossible to obtain any. Even the art of making them will be lost.

The Arawa, and Urewera districts are the best to collect in, and I would very willingly do all in my power to carry out your wishes in making a really good collection. A great many articles (some of them of very great age) could be purchased. There are some good Carvers here who could be employed to make all those articles at present unobtainable - How much the Carved House in Wellington could be improved by furnishing it with such a collection.

My dear Sir Faithfully yours
Gilbert Mair
The Honble. Sir Donald McLean
etc. etc.

Part of:
Inward letters - Captain Gilbert Mair, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0441 (8 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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