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Digging the first sod for the Main Trunk Railway, at the confiscation line at the southern bank of the Puniu River, 15 April 1885

Reference Number: 1/2-096208-G

Group at the digging of the first sod for the Main Trunk Railway. They stand at the confiscation line at the southern bank of the Puniu River, 15 April 1885. Standing at the right, addressing the gathering, is Rewi Maniapoto. He is wearing a top hat and black jacket. The tall man wearing a top hat, standing in the centre behind the barrow, is Wahanui Huatare. Photograph taken 15 April 1885 by Daniel Manders Beere.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Dry plate photonegatives, related to d Wahanui Huatare, Rewi Manga Maniapoto, Hon Sir Robert Stout, Te Awamutu, Railways - New Zealand - Waikato Region and Railways - Design and construction.

Part of:
Beere, Daniel Manders, 1833-1909 :Negatives of New Zealand and Australia, Reference Number PA-Group-00192 (118 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Dry plate glass negative 4.75 x 6.5 inches. Single negative

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures385. Railways. Lines. Main Trunk [NI]. Puniu. 1885(PFP-016903)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Photographer's title on negative - bottom right: 70

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