Tahiwi, Mairatea, 1908-1997 :Photographs of Ruhia, daughter-in-law of Rira Porutu, and the funeral procession of Thomas Wilmor McKenzie
- [ca 1840-1911]
- Tahiwi, Mairatea, 1908-1997
Portrait of Ruhia, and the funeral of Thomas Wilmor McKenzie at St John's Presbyterian Church, Willis Street.
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The kakahu (cloak) being worn by Ruhia is also to be seen draped over the coffin of Thomas Wilmor McKenzie, and is now in the collections of Te Papa. Thomas McKenzie and another boy arrived in Wellington, as orphans, on the Adelaide in 1840. Ruhia threw the cloak over them to make them tapu and prevent them from being killed by Rira Porutu, the paramount chief of Ngati Awa at Thorndon when, shortly after their arrival, they inadvertently strayed on to a tapu site.
Quantity: 2 b&w copy photographic print(s).
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- 2 b&w copy photographic print(s), Photographs, Resin-coated paper prints
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