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Ropata Wahawaha, 1871

Reference Number: 1/4-022027-G

Seated carte de visite portrait of Ropata Wahawaha, taken by Samuel Carnell of Napier.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Wet plate photonegatives, related to Ngati Porou.

Part of:
Carnell, Samuel 1832-1920 :Maori portrait negatives, Reference Number PAColl-3979 (254 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Wet collodion glass negative 4.25 x 3.25 inches. Vertical imageSingle negative

Historical Notes: Rapata Wahawaha was born at either Te Puia or Akuaku in the Waiapu district. By his own account he was still a child when Christianity was introduced. If this refers to the East Coast district it suggests that he was born about 1820. He died at Gisborne on 1 July 1897, and was buried with full military honours on the rock fortress of Puputa in the Waiomatatini Valley. He was sometimes known as Ropata, as this is how his name sounded when the Scot, Donald McLean pronounced it. Rapata was pleased with the new pronunciation as it did not recall his childhood slavery.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File print available in Pictorial Reference Service920. Wahawaha, Ropata. 1871(PFP-004221)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Marginal notes on negative - top centre: Ropata [inscribed on negative]; Marginal notes on negative - Taken 1871 during the time he was fighting Te Kuti [pencil note around margin of negative]

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