Story: Treaty of Waitangi

Auckland, 1859

Auckland, 1859

In 1859, when this drawing was made, Auckland was already showing strong influences of European settlement. This view is from Parnell Rise towards what is now the central city. Auckland was then the capital, and Parliament buildings can be seen in the distance, at far left. These signs of mass migration by colonists prepared to remain indefinitely, and to transform the country for their own purposes, alarmed Māori, even those who had signed the Treaty of Waitangi and originally supported peaceful cooperation with the first settlers.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1937/13/1
Watercolour by Andrew Robertson

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Claudia Orange, 'Treaty of Waitangi - The first decades after the treaty – 1840 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/36357/auckland-1859 (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012