Topic: Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

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As part of Local History Week and the 40th Anniversary of Nga Wahi Rangahau Research Collections, archivist Stephanie Smith gave a talk on the art works to be found in Research Collections on Tuesday 27 September. Text and photographs: Debbie McCauley.

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Maori Sentry on Gate at Maketu (1865) by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley. The artwork shows an Arawa warrior with moko on his face and tattoos on his body. He is wearing a traditional skirt, possibly made from harekeke (flax), and performing a haka peruperu (war dance). In his right hand he holds a tewhatewha (long handled wooden weapon). He is grimacing with his tongue extended, making himself appear more fierce. Behind him are the palisade of Maketū Pā (Maketū is a small town on the Bay of Plenty Coast) and a gateway made from an old canoe set vertically and carved with a large painted head showing the 'moko' of the tribe. During the 19 months between 1864 and 1866 that he spent with the 68th Durham Light Infantry in New Zealand Robley recorded many scenes and people from Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty (Shelf Ref: Bay 2, Shelf C).

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Waka Race on Tauranga Harbour (Boxing Day, 29 December 1865) by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley"At the games held in camp at Te Papa on the 29th December, 1865, a programme of seventeen events was set down and created a great deal of interest among the five or six hundred spectators.... At four o'clock five swift war canoes competed for prizes. These vessels were indeed beautiful objects with their elegantly carved heads and stern pieces, the kaituki standing amid-ships or perhaps at the bow, and by song and action, and flourish of spear giving time to the paddlers, the steersman directing the course by means of his powerful urunga or steering paddle.... Two of the canoes belonged to Otumoetai, two to Matapihi, and the remaining one to Maungatapu.... In the race the canoe of Hori Tupaea of Otumoetai was a foot or so in the lead, and by a superhuman effort increased the advantage and won...." (Fildes, 1921, quoted in Timothy Walker's thesis, Te Ropere, v 2 p222). "The first canoe is that of the 'Ngati hine tapu' hapu of Otumoetai, the three fuglemen being Raniera Te Hia Hia, Hamiora Tu and Hohepa Hikutaia Te Mea. " (Adams, quoted as above). During the 19 months between 1864 and 1866 that he spent with the 68th Durham Light Infantry in New Zealand Robley recorded many scenes and people from Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty (Shelf Ref: Bay 2, Shelf B. Ref: Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 05-294).

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Index to Waka Race on Tauranga Harbour (Boxing Day, 29 December 1865) by British soldier Horatio Gordon RobleyThe sketch is as an index to his watercolour titled 'Waka Race on Tauranga Harbour (Boxing Day, 29 December 1865)'. During the 19 months between 1864 and 1866 that he spent with the 68th Durham Light Infantry in New Zealand Robley recorded many scenes and people from Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty (Shelf Ref: Bay 2, Shelf B. Ref: Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 05-295). 

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

 Mauao Sketch - Kinder

Maunganui from inside Tauranga Harbour (1858) by John Kinder. Pen and wash. (Shelf Ref: Bay 2, Shelf C).

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Wahi Tapu Sketch - Kinder

Maori carved figure, Waka-po-ko-ko in the Wahitapu, Tauranga (c1850s) by John Kinder. Pen and watercolour. (Shelf Ref: Bay 2, Shelf C).

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Te Papa sketch - Kinder

Te papa Tauranga, Mt Maunga Nui, adn the Old Pah now used as Burial Ground from the Mission House (1857) by John Kinder. Pen and wash. (Shelf Ref: Bay 2, Shelf C).

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Maketu Haka - Robley

War Dance of the Arawa tribe, Maketu, Bay of Plenty (1865) watercolour by British soldier Horatio Gordon RobleyDuring the 19 months between 1864 and 1866 that he spent with the 68th Durham Light Infantry in New Zealand Robley recorded many scenes and people from Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty (Shelf Ref: Bay 2, Shelf C. Ref: Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: ?). 

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

 Unknown artist - Gate Pa?

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Unknown Artist - Mission Cemetery?

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Te Papa Map - 1864?

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Maketu Panarama

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Detail of Maketu Panorama 

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

The Elms Mission House (c1893) by Emma Vogan. A watercolour painting by Emma Vogan of the Elms Mission House in Tauranga from around 1893. The view is from behind the house looking out towards Mauao. (Ref: Tauranga City Libraries Image Number:  05-252).

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Tauranga by Emma Vogan

 

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Devonport Road Panorama 1998 by Cheng Jih Li 

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

Cape Lost (1963) by Joyce West. The watercolour cover that Joyce West painted for her book 'Cape Lost' which was first published in 1963. The book is the second in the 'Drovers Road' Collection (1st: Drovers Road, 3rd: 'The Golden Country')Teenager Gabrielle Allan is home from boarding school for the summer holidays. She and Merry are helping their Uncle Dunsany bring a herd of sheep to Cape Lost, the station owned by their Great-Uncle Garnet. Their uncle has lived alone on the remote station bordering the sea ever since the mysterious disappearance of his young wife many years before.   

 

Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)


Haka Taua at Maketu by Horatio Gordon Robley (1865). (Ref: Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 04-653).

 

John Kinder watercolour titled: ‘Te Papa, Tauranga’, 1858 ?

Te Papa Mission Station John Kinder (Christmas 1857). ?

Elms Garden by Emma Vogan (c1893). (Ref: Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 05-251).

TCL - Te Papa Cemetery in the 1860s, by an unknown soldier (Collection of the Tauranga City Library)


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Art Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)


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