This cannon was bought by the southern Ngāi Tahu chief Tūhawaiki on one of his visits to Sydney. Like his great opponent Te Rauparaha at Kāpiti Island, Tūhawaiki based himself on an island – Ruapuke, near Bluff in Foveaux Strait. Tūhawaiki defeated Te Rauparaha on two occasions in the 1830s, and drove the northern chief out of the South Island. He was known as Bloody Jack, not for his ferocity, but because he was said to have picked up the swear word ‘bloody’ from local whalers, and used it frequently in broken English.
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Photograph by John Hall-Jones
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