Story: Rural mythologies

Okoaro, New Plymouth

Okoaro, New Plymouth

This tinted lithograph of the cottage of J. Stephenson Smith was probably by Hannah Stephenson Smith in 1857. She was the sister of Charles Hursthouse and the lithograph appeared as the frontispiece of Hursthouse’s influential guide for immigrants, New Zealand, or, Zealandia, the Britain of the south. The image, with sheep, cows and a haystack, was a perfect illustration to Hursthouse’s book, as he promised intending migrants that New Zealand was ‘the Eden of the world’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-256-039
Tinted lithograph by Hannah Stephenson Smith

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Immigrant hopes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/20302/okoaro-new-plymouth (accessed 28 November 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008