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Sommervell, A. M. fl 1850s :Waerenga-a-Hika Mission Station, C[hurch] M[issionary] S[ociety] [ca 1858]

Reference Number: A-263-026

Mission station, school, church, garden and small farm established by Rev William Williams in 1857. Shows a small house right foreground, a fenced in area with sheep (or possibly goats) beyond and the church (and schoolroom?) beyond that. A path leads up to a central fenced area with a green crop growing in rows and the main house with a flagpole in its front garden to the left. Washing is hanging on a line behind the house and there are bare hills to the left and a bushed area to the right in the background. In the left foreground is a single mature cabbage tree. Maori children (or possibly naive drawings of adults) are scattered around the image.

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1 image, categorised under Watercolours, related to A M Sommervell, Bishop William Williams, Dr Neville Hogg, Church Missionary Society, Waerengaahika, Children, Maori, Gardens - New Zealand - Hawke's Bay Region, Mission Stations - New Zealand - Hawke's Bay Region, Anglican church buildings - New Zealand - Hawke's Bay Region, Farms - New Zealand - Hawke's Bay Region, Fences - New Zealand - Hawke's Bay Region, Sheep - New Zealand - Hawke's Bay Region, Dwellings - New Zealand - Hawke's Bay Region, Laundry, Cabbage trees and Schools - New Zealand - Hawke's Bay Region.

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Sommervell, A. M. fl 1850s :Waerenga-a-Hika Mission Station, C[hurch] M[issionary] S[ociety] [ca 1858], Reference Number A-263-026 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 watercolour(s)Pencil & watercolour 195 x 248 mm. Horizontal imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: Rev William William established this station in 1857 and left it in 1865, when threatened by a group of Hau Hau fraternising with the local Turanga Maori. The main house on the left, single-storied and with a hipped roof, may be the same house as that occupied by William Williams at Turangi and shown in a salt print in Mantell's sketchbook at C-103-019. The house was dismantled and shifted to the new site over the period 1855 to 1857. By 1865, the house looked quite different and is shown in photographs and the Library's watercolour by Joseph Rhodes as being two-storied.

Conditions governing access to original: Partial restriction - Use photographic copy in preference to original.

Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-000878)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Backing board verso - "East Coast. Waeranga-a-Hika Mission Station C.M.S. Formed in 1856 by Rev. W. Williams who established first mission station at Kaupapa in 1839. Painted by A.M.Sommervell c.1858. Mission built on land given by Aitangamahaki tribe. Watermark J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1857" [in pencil, presumably written in the 20th century by an earlier owner]; Backing board recto - bottom left: The native mission near Gisborne [in pencil, very faintly written. Probably an earlier inscription than the firmer pencil inscription on the verso]

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