MAORI

[Sir George Ferguson Bowen, Governor of New Zealand.] Autograph Letter Signed, discussing T. A. Sneyd Kynnersley and 'the Maori difficulty'. With Autograph Letter Signed from Rev. Reginald Broughton regarding Kynnersley ('the best specimen of hero').

Author: 
Sir George Ferguson Bowen, successively governor of the Ionian Islands, Queensland, New Zealand, Victoria, Mauritius and Hong Kong; Rev. Reginald Broughton, classical scholar and educator [Thomas Alfr
Publication details: 
Bowen's letter: 26 March 1870; on embossed letterhead of Government House, New Zealand. Broughton's letter: 11 March 1866; Vallombrosa [i.e. Vallombrosa preparatory school], Cheltenham.
£1,200.00

Two highly interesting letters relating to nineteenth-century New Zealand. Both concern Thomas Alfred Sneyd Kynnersley (1839-1874), chief warden and commissioner of the Nelson South West goldfield, whose entry in the New Zealand Encyclopaedia states was famed in the colony for 'his ingenuity and daring'.

[New Zealand; Maoris; Admiral David Robertson-Macdonald.] Autograph transcripts of 3 documents (defence of Kororarika, NZ, against an attack by 'natives' during the Flagstaff War). With 88 (eighty-eight) newspaper obituaries and other biographical matter.

Author: 
Admiral David Robertson-Macdonald (1817-1910), Scottish Royal Navy officer who served under six sovereigns [his son David Macdonald Robertson-Macdonald (1857-1919)]
Publication details: 
[Edinburgh, Scotland; Kororarika, Nelson and Auckland, New Zealand.] The transcripts, made by the Admiral towards the end of his life, from documents dating from 1845. The newspaper obituaries all dating from 1910. Other matter from 1918.
£950.00

At the outbreak of the Flagstaff War, Robertson-Macdonald was serving as Commander of HMS Hazard. On 11 March 1845 he was severely wounded while leading the defence of the town of Kororarika (now Russell) from 'the attack of an overwhelming body of natives', resulting in the loss of six of his men. The three transcripts that form Item One below relate to this action, and were presumably made out by the Admiral himself towards the end of his life, in a shaky hand and with a number of errors.

Unattributed engraving entitled 'A FAMILY in DUSK BAY, NEW ZEALAND.'

Author: 
George William Anderson [NEW ZEALAND; CAPTAIN THOMAS COOK; ALEXANDER HOGG]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but taken from George William Anderson's 'A new, authentic, and complete collection of voyages round the world [...] containing a new [...] account of Captain Cook's [...] voyages' (London: Alexander Hogg, [1785]).
£68.00

Roughly nine and a half inches by fifteen wide. Mounted on a piece of card, with some fraying to extremities. Somewhat aged, but a good impression of a strong, striking idealised illustration, showing a bearded warrior with a club, emerging from the undergrowth beside a tree and fast-flowing water, beside which four women (one of them baring a breast) recline with their children.

Typed Letter Signed ('Richard. O. Gross') to K. W. Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Richard Oliver Gross (1882-1964), English-born New Zealand sculptor
Publication details: 
20 June 1949; on his letterhead from 7 Marie Avenue, Hillsborough, Auckland, New Zealand.
£38.00

4to, 1 p, 8 lines. Lightly creased and with a little smudging from a carbon and some minor paperclip staining (none of which affects the signature). He is sending 'a short article [not present] - "Art in the Post War World", and a copy of an address to "The Auckland Society of Arts." ' He believes 'that countries like New Zealand, cut off from the inspiration and example of what is best in European Art, are prone to be dazzled by Materialistic Efficiency; even when linked with the best technical flavourings through Art in industry.'

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