- 1844 - 1907
- Bowring, Walter Armiger, 1874-1931; Gilfillan, John Alexander, 1793-1863; Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh, 1868-1918
View looking down over buildings of Jillett's (sometimes spelled Gillett or Gillet) whaling station spread out along the Waiorua beach at Kapiti Island.
Copy of original sketch by J A Gilfillan (see New Zealand Times, 7 Aug. 1907, p. 4 referring to the creation of this watercolour copy in 1907; TL 3/1/1, 10/8/83; and Photo File print of ink sketch by Gilfillan with same title, held by Hocken Library).
Edward Jerningham Wakefield noted  that some of the English style wattle and daub cottages at Waiorua-Kapiti were occupied by Maori chiefs (particularly Te Rangihiroa d.1842). This was also the scene of the battle "Waiorua", aka "Whakapaetai", in 1824. The main settlement was the site of the pa "Tawhiriataka", while the northern part of the half moon bay is the approximate site of "Ngaiopiko" pa. Amongst its principal residents were the chiefs Te Rangihiroa, Te Hiko, Metapere Te Waipunaahau, Tungia, Te Matoha, Te Rau-o-te-Rangi, Te Tahua Rene, Ropata Hurumutu and others. Numerous whalers lived and worked from this site during the 1840s including Jenkins, Nicol, Bolton, Cootes and O'Meara who was amongst the last whalers to farm the northern part of the Island.
Other Titles - Gillet's; Gilletts
Quantity: 1 watercolour(s).
Physical Description: Watercolour 340 x 875 mm
Provenance: Collection of Alexander Turnbull?
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- 1 watercolour(s), Works of art, Watercolours, Watercolour 340 x 875 mm, Orientation: Horizontal image
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