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Signing the Treaty of Waitangi

Signing the Treaty of Waitangi

The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 was re-enacted in 1923 in Wellington for the East and West Missionary Exhibition. This tableau (image with living figures) shows a Māori chief signing the treaty, while a missionary and another chief shake hands. Anglican missionaries were prominent at the initial 1840 treaty ceremony, and Henry Williams encouraged a number of influential chiefs to sign the treaty.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tesla Studios Collection (PAColl-3046)
Reference: 1/1-017341-F
Photograph by Frank J. Denton

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Allan K. Davidson, 'Anglican Church - Missionary beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by Allan K. Davidson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2018