Mirror; XHC.24



About this object

Mirror; an oval swinging mirror in a walnut wood frame hinged to a wooden frame which rests on a carved marble slab. The carved marble slab rests on a carved wooden base with a scalloped front edge, which stands on scrolled feet.

This mirror was owned by Thomas Cook, who brought the body of murdered missionary John Whiteley back by surf boat to the settlement from Pukearuhe (also known as White Cliffs), 50 kms north of New Plymouth. Whiteley was killed in 1869 near the Pukearuhe redoubt, where several other settlers had already been killed by a Ngati Maniapoto war party led by Wetere te Rerenga. Whiteley was a frequent correspondent to Christopher William Richmond (resident of Beach Cottage), who held various political positions of influence in the 1850s and 1860s, including Minister of Native Affairs.

For more information about Hurworth Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Medium and Materials

glass; marble; walnut


84 x 64 x 30cm

Credit Line

Collection of Hurworth Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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