Kōrero: Arts and the nation

Cover of the first issue of Zealandia, 1889

Cover of the first issue of Zealandia, 1889

As the Nelson Evening Mail noted at the time, the cover of the literary magazine Zealandia was a melange of popular nationalist symbols. The land is represented by snowy mountains, flax bushes, ferns, a nīkau palm and a beech tree, while a huge moa and a small kiwi represent New Zealand's fauna. The idea of 'Maoriland' gets a nod, with a Māori chief in the foreground and waka (canoes) and a kāinga in the distance.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Zealandia, vol. 1, no.1, 1889 (S-L-1263-Cover)

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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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Arts and the nation - The 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/44998/cover-of-the-first-issue-of-zealandia-1889 (accessed 3 June 2020)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014