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Thomas Wells and King Tawhiao ; ; 1093

Thomas Wells and King Tawhiao
; 1093
Thomas Wells and King Tawhiao

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In 1881, King Tawhiao, with 600 followers, visited Cambridge as part of his tour of the Waikato to mark an armistice in the Kingite-Pakeha war. He and his party were well received in all the settlements visited and at Cambridge great preparations had been made including a formal banquet. Prominent merchant and townsman, Thomas Wells, held out the right hand of friendship in this photograph taken with the Maori King during the four days of their stay in Cambridge.

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