Copy of an original carte de visite portrait of Ngāti Ruanui leader Ngawaka Taurua. Taurua appears facing forward in an oval shaped portrait, from the chest up. He wears a light-toned shirt, buttoned down. His hair is short and greying and he has a burnside style moustache attached to large muttonchop sideburns. The photograph is included on page 61 of William Francis Robert Gordon's album "Some "Soldiers of the Queen" who served in the Maori Wars and Other Notable Persons Connected Herewith".
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