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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: APG-1180-1/2-F

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 in the centre behind the barrow, wearing a top hat, is Rewi Maniapoto. Immediately to his left is his daughter, Te Kore. To her left and behind is Sir Robert Stout. The tall man wearing a top hat, standing to the left of Stout, is Wahanui Huatare. The original photograph was taken by Daniel Manders Beere; this image is a copy negative made by Albert Percy Godber from a print of the Beere original, file in Godber Album Vol. 102, p 45 (PA1-f-025).

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1 image, related to d Wahanui Huatare, Rewi Manga Maniapoto, Hon Sir Robert Stout, Te Kore Maniapoto, Daniel Manders Beere, Te Awamutu, Railways - New Zealand - Waikato Region, Bowler hats, Hats, Railways - Design and construction and Men's clothing.

Part of:
Godber, Albert Percy, 1875-1949 :Collection of albums, prints and negatives, Reference Number PA-Group-00048 (2024 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Film negative 17.25 x 11.75 cm. Horizontal imageSingle negative

Conditions governing access to original: Partial restriction - Negatives are not available for viewing. Surrogate copies will be provided.

Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - "Possibly turning first sod. North Island Main Trunk Rly. Puniu River, Te Awamutu, 1885." "This is Daniel Manders Beere 1/2 plate neg no. 30, 1/2-096175".

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