Charles F Goldie

Sophia, the Heroine of Tarawera

Sophia, the Heroine of Tarawera by Charles F Goldie

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Kororarekea, now commonly known as Russell, was the birthplace of the famous guide Te Paea Hinerangi or Guide Sophia.

In her later years she lived at Wairoa village, near Lake Tarawera, where she earned a living showing tourists around the pink and white terraces of Rotomahana. A significant female role model in the long-standing tradition of ‘guiding’, Sophia personified the very best of who Māori were at the time. (Chic Colonials: Ataahua, 2003)

Sophia, the Heroine of Tarawera
Charles F Goldie
Production date
oil on oak panel
203 x 152 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lincoln N Astley, 1987
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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