William Jenkins and group

Production date
Circa 1863
Description
A studio portrait of four sitters. Pictured on the right is William Jenkins, the man who organised a group of Maori to visit England to meet with Queen Victoria in 1863. The man pictured on the left may be William Lloyd, a gold prospector who supported Jenkins' expedition to England. The woman pictured on the right is Huria (Julia) Ngahuia and the woman on the left is known as "Harriet" (see research notes), possibly Tere Pakia (Hariata Te Iringa). Both women wear full length korowai (ngore) over European dress and the men wear suits. It is possible this photograph was taken during the 1863 visit to England.
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Artist/Maker
Production role
Photographer
Production date
Circa 1863
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Accession number
PHO2007-121
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William Jenkins arrived in NZ in 1941 and settled in Wellington. After two years he became a Wesleyan Missionary and moved to Cloudy Bay where he stayed for 5 years learning the Maori language. In 1850 he and his family moved to Nelson and resumed his original trade of Cabinetmaker. Shortly afterwards he was appointed Interpreter to the NZ Government. After his return from the 1963 trip to the UK he was appointed by the Government to be Interpreter to the Imperial Troops. C. late 1865 he became Native Interpreter to the Resident Magistrate's Court in Whanganui but had to retire due to ill health. He died shortly afterwards on 11 May 1967. His daughter Jane Tuton Jenkins married Doctor Samuel Walker in 1866.

- B. Wattrus on 02-12-2020 23:19:52

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