Looking Towards the Mouth of the Buller; John GULLY; 5


Looking Towards the Mouth of the Buller

About this object

A view from Mount Rochfort looking toward the mouth of the Buller River (centre right) and Orowaiti Lagoon (bottom right quadrant). The view is dominated by a long sloping sparsely covered hillside on the left side. There are rocky outcrops in the foreground at centre, flanking a winding path that is lost over the edge of a bush clad gully.



Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes/West Coast landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/Tasman/Buller River

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Buller/Mount Rochfort

Subject and Association Description

This calm image of the mouth of the Buller River belies John Gully's experiences with this dangerous bar crossing.

On 28 January 1865, Gully was almost drowned on the Westport Bar. He was in a lifeboat that was attempting to cross the bar to the shore when it overturned on a wave. It took only 15 minutes for a second life boat to rescue the men but during that time three out of the nine were drowned (John Sidney Gully, 1984).

Credit Line

The Bishop Suter Art Gallery Founding Donation, gifted by Mrs Amelia Suter in memory of her husband Bishop Andrew Burn Suter in 1895

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