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New Zealand, Scene of the Boyd Massacre, Whangaroa Harbour, c1886

New Zealand, Scene of the Boyd Massacre, Whangaroa Harbour, c1886

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Original Print from Garran's The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, Matted

Date: c1886

Artist: Schell, Frederick B 

Publisher: Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co

Paper Size: 126 x 120mm

Condition: good

Technique: Original Wood Engraving

Price: $40

Description: Wood Engraving with later hand colouring


In December 1809, the sailing ship Boyd was anchored in Whangaroa Harbour where it was to pick up a cargo of timber.

The ship was attacked by a group of Maori who killed most of the crew and passengers in retaliation for the Captain and Crew's whipping and mistreatment of a young local chief Te Ara who had sailed from Sydney on the Boyd.

This incident had far-reaching" effects. It delayed the establishment of the first Christian mission in New Zealand, cemented a view of New Zealand as the "Cannibal Isles"

European Whalers avenged the attack, killing many Maori and sparking intertribal warfare in the region. The incident also sparked a vigorous debate among officials in New South Wales about how to maintain order in New Zealand. 

The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia 

Published in Sydney in 1886-88, the enormous, multi-volume 'Picturesque Atlas of Australia' was an attempt with words and pictures to describe the Australia of the time.

Its publication was one of the most significant cultural projects in 19th-century Australia. Writers, artists, academics, and politicians came together to prepare a book of unprecedented grandeur and ambition, and a publishing company was established to publish it. The 1100+ engravings on steel and wood contained in the Picturesque Atlas were among the finest engravings to be found anywhere in the world at this time, and many of the illustrations were specially commissioned works by leading Australian artists of the era, for the publication.


To read about The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia click here.

To read about Schell, Frederic B click here.


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