Kereopa Te Rau

Kereopa Te Rau
Date
8 December 1871
Ref
1/4-022022-G
Description

Carte de visite portrait of Kereopa Te Rau, Ngati Rangiwewehi warrior and Pai Marire leader, taken at Napier prison on 8 December 1871 by Samuel Carnell of Napier.

Previously note read "but prompt medical attention saved his life. This photograph was taken eight later". Probably supposed to read eight days later but this was not clear

Inscriptions: Photographer's title on negative - centre - S Carnell Photo 8/12/71

Kereopa Te Rau, who had long been sought by the colonial authorities for his part in the killing of the Reverend Carl Volkner, was captured in the Urewera country in November 1871 by Ngati Porou, under the command of Ropata Wahawaha.He was brought to Napier by steamer and handed over to the police on November 28. As he was taken over the threshhold of the prison he slashed his throat with a concealed razor, but prompt medical attention saved his life. In this photograph, the piupiu (flax skirt) around his shoulders conceals the scar of the razor wound. Kereopa was hanged on 5 January, 1872.

Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s).

Physical Description: Wet collodion glass negative 4.25 x 3.25 inches

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Partly restricted - Please use surrogate in place of original
Format
1 b&w original negative(s), Negatives, Wet collodion negatives, Wet collodion glass negative 4.25 x 3.25 inches, Orientation: Vertical image
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