Photograph, N.Z.E.S. Tutanekai; Unknown Photographer; 1896-1931; ZLB.2680.042


Photograph, N.Z.E.S. Tutanekai

About this object

This is a photograph of the N.Z.E.S Tutanekai docked at Wellington Harbour. The N.Z.E.S. Tutanekai travelled around the New Zealand coast dropping supplies off to lighthouses. Additionally, the ship was used to lay communication cables including laying the cable which connects Stewart Island with the South Island in 1902. As a Government Yacht, the ship carried many important passengers in her time, including every Governor from the 1896-1920s, the King and Queen as the Duke and Duchess of York in 1901, the Prince of Wales in 1920, and the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927. In her later years, she became a passenger liner between Stewart Island and the South Island and was eventually scuttled of the Wellington Heads on February 2nd, 1931.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, North Island, Wellington


Unknown Photographer

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Date Made


Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, photographic paper

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten in pencil/blue pen on back of photograph: '2680.043 N.Z.E.S. Tutanekai at Wellington A124/4470H'.


h 175 mm x w 250 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Communication (including Diaries and Letters)

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Copyright Licence  

Public Domain - No rights reserved - no known copyright restrictions No rights reserved - no known copyright restrictions

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