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Nelson 1842

A picture of Nelson in 1842

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  1. Kim, we suspect the above painting is of Petone, when the Martha Ridgway berthed in Wellington in 1841, NOT Nelson.
  2. It is a painting by Charles Heaphy, 1820-1881 :Thorndon Flat and part of the city of Wellington. [April, 1841].
    View from Clay Point (the bank above the junction of modern Willis Street and Lambton Quay), with the New Zealand Company flag flying, looking north along the beachline (Lambton Quay) towards a sandspit (Midland Park), past the low hill with the house of Colonel William Wakefield (the site of The Beehive today) to Thorndon, with Pipitea Pa close to the point of land on the waterfront in the distance. There are several ships in the harbour, the largest being the "London". The clearings in the bush on Tinakori Hill are Maori potato plantations. On the beach are a cart being drawn by four bullocks, other carts, small boats and several men. (See http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23171707) . The Martha Ridgway arrived in Wellington 14 November 1840

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