Print; 'Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi', Marcus King; King, Marcus; 1939; 201...


Print; 'Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi', Marcus King

About this object

Print; a full-colour print of Marcus King's (1891-1977) 'The Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi' as reproduced in the Centenary Number of New Zealand Free Lance, October 16, 1939.
The image depicts representatives of the government and of Māori assembled at James Busby's residence, including Captain William Hobson. Henry Williams is at the lower table explaining the text to signatory, Tamati Waka Nene. Also pictured are Captain J Nias and James Busby.


King, Marcus

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Medium and Materials

processed material, paper; processed material, glass; processed material, synthetic, plastic.

Inscription and Marks

Text below the image reads: 'The Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, February 6, 1840 / The day that New Zealand became a part of the British Empire. The painting displays the historical group assembled at the residence of Mr James Busby, British Resident, at Waitangi, Bay of Islands, to meet Captain / William Hobson, R.N., first Governor of New Zealand. The Rev. Henry Williams acted as interpreter, explaining the terms of the Treaty to the Maori Chiefs. Principals in the impressive scene included / Mr Williams, Captain Joseph Nias, R.N., Captain Hobson and Mr Busby. The Maori Chief in the act of signing the Treaty is Tamati Waka Nene.'




h 420mm x l 518mm x w 20mm

Subject and Association Keywords

history of Oceania, New Zealand, local history and description

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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