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Davis, William Henry, 1837-1875 :Portrait of James De Pontus, [c1866]

Reference Number: PA2-0590

Carte de visite portrait of James De Pontus taken shortly before his murder in 1866. The photographer was William Davis of Nelson.

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1 image, categorised under Portraits, Albumen photoprints and Cartes de visite, related to William Henry Davis, James De Pontus and Murder.

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Davis, William Henry, 1837-1875 :Portrait of James De Pontus, Reference Number PA2-0590 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Single photograph

Historical Notes: Four prospectors, James de Pontus (or Pontius), Felix Mathieu, James Dudley and John Kempthorne, were murdered for the 300 pounds in gold dust they were carrying on the Maungatapu track near Nelson in 1866. The murderers, Richard Burgess, Thomas Kelly, Philip Levy and Joseph Sullivan were caught and all except Sullivan, who turned Queen's evidence, were executed.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Backing board verso - top centre: Mr De Pontus a victim of Maungatapu - given to mother by himself before he left for Nelson)

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