Collection of the week: Haddon mural


This artefact depicts a mural painted by Oriwa Tahupotiki Haddon, c1950, of the historic spot near Okaiawa, Te Ngutu O Te Manu.  This illustrates the attack lead by Major Von Tempsky against the local tribes under Titokowaru during the Pakeha/Māori wars of 1860-69. Here, Major Von Tempsky fell in his endeavour to evacuate his troops from an ambush into which, according to the Māori version, he was lead. Pakeha settlers began occupying confiscated land between the Waitotara and Waingongoro rivers. The occupation was contested by Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Ruahinerangi, who in early 1868 built a pā at Te Ngutu O Te Manu. Titokowaru saw Colonial forces retreat beyond the Waitotara after defeats at Te Ngutu O Te Manu twice.

If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or – reference 1981.351.5.

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