Photograph, Hugh Erskine and family at Papatotora; Unknown photographer; 1895-19...


Photograph, Hugh Erskine and family at Papatotora

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Hugh McKee Erskine and family at 'Westwood', Papatotara.

Hugh Erskine was originally from County Down and arrived in New Zealand in 1880, his rabbiting earnings were enough to send for Agnes Armstrong to join him. She arrived in June 1883 along with Hugh's brothers Thomas and John and a week later on 2 July 1883 Agnes married Hugh.

In September 1884, William John was born and five months later Hugh took his young wife and son to settle west of the Waiau river. In 1885 they became the founding family at Papatotara. Using timber from Colac Bay they built 'Westwood', as their permanent home, it was completed on 28 February 1895 and still stands today.

With the new house and by now had five children, the couple employed a governess, Miss Fanny Nickless who stayed for a year, left and then returned to teach the children from 1898 to 1900. Fanny is pictured wearing the white blouse with Maia on her knee, Bill Hogue, a visitor standing at the back along with William 'Willie'. Pictured on the far right seated is Hugh McKee Erskine, Agnes (Jnr) on ground, mother Agnes with baby Ralph, in front right to left is Annie, Lizzie and Hugh (Jnr).

This photograph appears in page 16 of the booklet 'Erskines from County Down' which was published in December 1984.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland


Unknown photographer

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Date Made


Inscription and Marks

CN yellow sticker 05/8
Cat No P8.92.101
Circular Blue ink 'Wallace Early Settler Museum Riverton'
Written in pencil 'Miss 'Pop' Nickless + the Erskine Family', 'Weste to the Fiords, 18, 331221/2 emc Miller'
In Black pen is written ' Bill Hogue visitor Willie Erskine, seated Fanny Nickless (1st teacher) Maia on knee Agnes with baby Ralph, Hugh M Erskine, On ground Hugh (jnr) Lizzie Annie Agnes (jnr).


h x 155 mm x w 111 mm



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People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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organic, processed material, paper

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