Louis Auguste de Sainson

Village de Korora-Rêka, (Nouvelle Zélande), [Village of Kororareka, (Russell), (New Zealand)]

Village de Korora-Rêka, (Nouvelle Zélande), [Village of Kororareka, (Russell), (New Zealand)] by Louis Auguste de Sainson

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On entering the Bay of Islands d'Urville was surprised not to be met by waka, having been so welcomed on a previous visit three years before. On consulting with Māori he discovered that the area was currently wreaked by intertribal warfare and that many of the local warriors had recently headed south to make war with the people of the Hauraki Gulf. The beauty of the area clearly made an impression on the Captain, and from a high vantage point, he mused "I gazed admiringly at the superb view of the whole bay, with its ramifications and the many islands which caused Cook to give it its name. As I reflected on the advantages this marvellous harbour can offer to ships, I could not help thinking of the importance it will assume some day when New South Wales has become a powerful state.' (D'Urville quoted in Rosenman, 1987, p.106).

Title
Village de Korora-Rêka, (Nouvelle Zélande), [Village of Kororareka, (Russell), (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
2009/3/11
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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