Digging the first sod for the Main Trunk Railway, at the confiscation line at the southern bank of the Puniu River
Group at the digging of the first sod for the Main Trunk Railway. They stand at the confiscation line at the southern bank of the Puniu River, 15 April 1885. Standing in the centre behind the barrow, wearing a top hat, is Rewi Maniapoto. Immediately to his left is his daughter, Te Kore. To her left and behind is Sir Robert Stout. The tall man wearing a top hat, standing to the left of Stout, is Wahanui Huatare. Photograph taken by Daniel Manders Beere.
Identified as "Group at digging of 1st sod of Main trunk Rlwy. Te Awamutu." from typescript of photographer's negative register held at TL 6/1/62.
Further information about this occasion is held at the Appendix to the journals of the House of Representatives, 1885, D-6.
Photographs taken at the scene include 1/2-096174 to 1/2-096178, and 1/2-096208
A copy negative of this image is in the Godber collection at APG-1180-1/2-F
Inscriptions: Photographer's title on negative - bottom left - 30
Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s).
Physical Description: Dry plate glass negative 4.5 x 6.5 inches
Access restrictions: Partly restricted - Please use surrogate in place of original
Format: 1 b&w original negative(s), Negatives, Dry plate negatives, Dry plate glass negative 4.5 x 6.5 inchesSee original record
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