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Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908 :[Dibsell's Landing, Te Aroha]. 2. 2. 1881

Reference Number: E-052-q-008

A river in the foreground, with a pontoon-type ferry holding men and horses crossing it. A paddle-steamer and another boat to the left. Across the river are tents and a number of huts with a steep hill to the right. Shows the Waihou River with Dibsell's Landing at the foot of Rolleston Street, Te Aroha

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Watercolours, related to William Dibsell, Josiah Clifton Firth, John Philemon Backhouse, Rolleston Street, Te Aroha, Waihou River, Paddle steamers - New Zealand - Waikato Region, Huts - New Zealand - Waikato Region, Camps - New Zealand - Waikato Region, Horses - New Zealand - Waikato Region and Ferries - New Zealand - Waikato Region.

Part of:
Backhouse, John Philemon 1845-1908 :Australasian views [New Zealand scenes] [ca 1880], Reference Number E-052-q (12 digitised items)

Extent: 1 watercolour(s)Watercolour and Chinese white on paper 137 x 200 mm mounted into sketchbook. Single art work

Historical Notes: The landing, on the banks of the Waihou River in Te Aroha, was thought to be originally a crossing place used by Maori. A Mr William Dibsell, an employee of Josiah Clifton Firth, established himself at the landing in 1879 and opened a general store and a licensed house of accommodation. A Mr Everitt later established a punt crossing here, then moved the crossing to the foot of Bridge Street, Te Aroha, with a punt large enough to take across a wagon and team of horses.

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