Story: Southland region

Message on slate

Message on slate

This piece of slate was found among seal remains at Preservation Inlet in Fiordland. The first message, from 1823, reads in part, ‘master beware of natives plenty at Preservation’. The second message reads in part, ‘Brig Elizabeth … called at this place the 23rd December’, and probably dates from 1824.

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Early settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015