Louis Auguste de Sainson

Observatoire de l'Astrolabe. dans l'une de anses de Houa Houa. (Nouvelle Zélande), [Lookout post of the Astrolabe in one of the bays of Houa Houa, (Uawa – Tolaga Bay) (New Zealand)]

Observatoire de l'Astrolabe. dans l'une de anses de Houa Houa. (Nouvelle Zélande), [Lookout post of the Astrolabe in one of the bays of Houa Houa, (Uawa – Tolaga Bay) (New Zealand)] by Louis Auguste de Sainson

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The Astrolabe entered Tolaga Bay in early February, and was of much interest to local Māori. Many waka came to view the boat and the crew were pleased to replenish supplies there. Officers went ashore to make observations, as did de Sainson and the naturalist. D'Urville made an interesting observation regarding the naming of the Bay, "It is worthy of remark that the names of Tolaga...are quite unknown to the Natives; but it has long since been averred that Cook, so full of sagacity otherwise, had little aptitude in acquiring the names of the peoples he visited, and, above all, in representing them in writing. The true name of the bay, Tologa, or, at least, of the district which surrounds it, is Houa-Houa, and it is that which we have adopted." Houa-Houa was the French attempt at Uawa, the Māori name for the area. This plate shows Māori by a stream leading into the sea, in the distance are three waka. The scene is framed by toe toe and a tree stump.

Title
Observatoire de l'Astrolabe. dans l'une de anses de Houa Houa. (Nouvelle Zélande), [Lookout post of the Astrolabe in one of the bays of Houa Houa, (Uawa – Tolaga Bay) (New Zealand)]
Artist/creator
Production date
1833
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
325 x 495 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2008
Accession no
2009/3/8
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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