Gottfried Lindauer

Huria Matenga Ngarongoa (Julia Martin)

Huria Matenga Ngarongoa (Julia Martin) by Gottfried Lindauer

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On the morning of 4 December 1863, the brigantine Delaware was wrecked on the rocks at Whakapuaka, near Nelson. Together with two male companions, Huria Matenga Ngaronoa swam out through thunderous seas and succeeded in securing a rope to the ship. When the line broke Huria again swam out to the ship, thereby earning her reputation as a beloved heroine and the 'Grace Darling' of New Zealand. Wearing a korowai of native bird feathers of the kaka; the blue-black feathers of the tui, and the white breast feathers from the kereru, Huria gathers her ancestors’ heart-song around her.

Huria Matenga Ngarongoa (Julia Martin)
Gottfried Lindauer
Production date
oil on canvas
825 x 710 x 70 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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