Framed photograph, Donald Sutherland; Muir, Thomas Mintaro Bailey; 1900-1919; RI...

Name/Title

Framed photograph, Donald Sutherland

About this object

A framed reproduction of a photograph of Donald Sutherland standing atop a tree trunk. Donald was the first pākehā to discover the Sutherland Falls, the highest waterfall in New Zealand, in 1880. The falls were named after him at the suggestion of William Hart, a photographer travelling with him in 1883. Donald in turn named Mount Hart adjacent to the falls in honour of the photographer who so carefully carried his heavy glass plates and camera to capture the scene.

Donald died at Milford Sound on 5 December 1919. As Donald and his wife were the only people living in Milford Sound at that time, when Donald died Mrs Sutherland had to leave him on the floor of their home and move to another, empty house to await the arrival of the ship 'Hinemoa', the crew of which buried Donald. Mrs Sutherland stayed living in Milford until her death and is buried alongside her husband.

Place Made

Unknown

Maker

Muir, Thomas Mintaro Bailey

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

1900-1919

Inscription and Marks

Front, handwritten label: 'Donald Sutherland Died at Milford Sound 5th Dec 1919'
Reverse, handwritten: 'DIED AT MILFORD SOUND. 5th Dec., DONALD SUTHERLAND 1919. HE AND HIS WIFE WERE THE ONLY FOLK AT MILFORD SOUND, SO WHEN DONALD DIED, HIS WIFE HAD TO LEAVE HIM ON THE FLOOR WHERE HE HAD FALLEN, COVER HIM & SHE MOVED TO ANOTHER HOUSE. MRS SUTHERLAND WAITED FOR 6 WEEKS, UNTIL THE GOVT. SHIP “HINEMOA” ARRIVED, SO THE CREW COULD BURY HER HUSBAND. MRS SUTHERLAND STAYED ON IN MILFORD UNTIL SHE DIED AND IS BURIED ALONGSIDE HER HUSBAND.'

Measurements

h 360 mm x w 280 mm x d 20 mm

Object Type

photographs

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper
organic, processed material, paper, cardboard
organic, vegetal, wood
inorganic, processed material, glass

Object number

RI.FW2021.469

Rights

Attribution - Non-commercial (cc) Attribution - Non-commercial (cc)

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