New Zealand, Scene of the Boyd Massacre, Whangaroa Harbour, c1886
Original Print from Garran's The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, Matted
Artist: Schell, Frederick B
Publisher: Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co
Paper Size: 126 x 120mm
Technique: Original Wood Engraving
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.
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