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About this collection

The Canoes section of Hamilton’s Māori Art represents a major source of information about the waka that brought the first people to Aotearoa New Zealand. All the canoes are described together with the tribes and chiefs associated with them. A full glossary of terms used is included. Most importantly the work is illustrated with images of canoes, figureheads and stern posts. The printed volume, first published in 1896 (and reissued in facsimile in 1972) has previously not been widely available so this first online version will remedy that situation.

Who is Augustus Hamilton?

Augustus Hamilton was a self-trained scientist who interested himself in many disciplines. Having acquired his own collection of Māori artefacts and being recognised for his study of Māori , he was appointed in 1903 Director of the Colonial Museum (now Te Papa). Before his death in 1913 he had strengthened and organised the museum’s collections especially the ethnological. See his Full Biography on Te Ara.

 
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