Kereopa Te Rau

Kereopa Te Rau
8 December 1871

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

Access restrictions
Partly restricted - Please use surrogate in place of original
Part of
Carnell, Samuel 1832-1920 :Maori portrait negatives / Carnell, Samuel 1832-1920 :Maori portrait negatives
1 b&w original negative(s), Negatives, Wet collodion negatives, Wet collodion glass negative 4.25 x 3.25 inches, Orientation: Vertical image
See original record

Click to request to view this item, access digital version (if available), and see more information.


Purchasing this Item

This item is available as a high resolution download. A request to buy an image can take up to 10 working days to approve. It will depend on copyright and how the image is going to be used.

If this item has multiple pages, or is several items attached to a single record, you can use this form to order your copy.

Using this Item

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission, please ask us for advice. If reproducing this item, please maintain the integrity of the image (i.e. don't crop, recolour or overprint it), and ensure the following credit accompanies it:

Kereopa Te Rau. Carnell, Samuel 1832-1920 :Maori portrait negatives. Ref: 1/4-022022-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22675527

More information can be found in our terms of use.