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Kereopa Te Rau, 8 December 1871

Reference Number: 1/4-022022-G

Carte de visite portrait of Kereopa Te Rau, Ngati Rangiwewehi warrior and Pai Marire leader, taken at Napier prison on 8 December 1871 by Samuel Carnell of Napier.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Wet plate photonegatives, related to Kereopa Te Rau, Ngati Rangiwewehi, Piupiu and Men, Maori.

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: Kereopa Te Rau, who had long been sought by the colonial authorities for his part in the killing of the Reverend Carl Volkner, was captured in the Urewera country in November 1871 by Ngati Porou, under the command of Ropata Wahawaha.He was brought to Napier by steamer and handed over to the police on November 28. As he was taken over the threshhold of the prison he slashed his throat with a concealed razor, but prompt medical attention saved his life. This photograph was taken eight later, and the piupiu (flax skirt) around his shoulders conceals the scar of the razor wound. Kereopa was hanged on 5 January, 1872.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures920. Kereopa Te Rau. 1871(PFP-014744)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Photographer's title on negative - centre: S Carnell Photo 8/12/71

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