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Group of Ngati Haua Maori, outside Te Wai O Turongo meeting house, near Matamata, [Between 1880 and 1887]

Reference Number: 1/2-018166-F

Group of Ngati Haua Maori, outside Te Wai O Turongo meeting house, near Matamata. Hohua Ahowhenua is seated in the centre, with staff. Photograph taken by either Charles Hemus or John Robert Hanna, circa 1880s.

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1 image, related to Charles Hemus, John Robert Hanna, Josiah Clifton Firth, Hohua Ahowhenua, Te Wai O Turongo (Meeting house), Matamata-Piako District, Ngati Hauaa, Maori - New Zealand - Waikato Region and Whare nui - New Zealand - Waikato Region.

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Group of Ngati Haua Maori, outside Te Wai O Turongo meeting house, near Matamata, Reference Number 1/2-018166-F (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w copy negative(s)Horizontal imageSingle negative

Historical Notes: This photograph is part of a sequence which includes a portrait of Hohua Ahowhenua which was commissioned by Josiah Clifton Firth. The original negatives for these images, which are now part of the Alexander Turnbull Library collections, are dry plates, which would indicate that they were taken after 1880, but before Firth's departure from his Matamata estate in July 1887. In "Nation making" (pp260-261), Firth states that after his own departure, Hohua was abandoned in the Runanga house by his people. This photograph would appear to have been taken before this. The negatives form part of the collection of Auckland photographer Herman Schmidt. Schmidt in 1904 took over the studio of Hemus & Hanna, who are therefore most likely to have taken the images.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Citation: Any publication must be accompanied by the credit "Schmidt Collection. Alexander Turnbull Library".

Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures572. Maori. Meeting houses(PFP-017610)

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