Colonial Life in New Zealand

A DigitalNZ Story by National Library of New Zealand Topics

Colonial New Zealand covers the years 1769-1914. The resources include European discovery of New Zealand, contact with Māori, New Zealand wars, Pākehā colonisation, social life, economy, politics and major events of the time. SCIS no: 1838439

social_sciences, arts, health, science, history, Māori, technology

Pakeha and Maori couple

Portrait photography was very popular in the late 19th Century. Studio portraits like this one tended to use the same props and poses for each customer, although this Whanganui photographer William Harding was known for his less formal approach. Intermarriage between Māori and Pākehā had been common from the start of European settlement in New Zealand. There were far more marriages between Māori women and Pākehā men than between Pākehā women and Māori men.

Couple, Pakeha man and Maori woman

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English architecture

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Kawhia school pupils

Pupils displaying their work outside the Kawhia Native School

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The sailing ship ‘Maori’

Artist unknown :[The sailing ship Maori. Between 1851 and 1870?]

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Label from the St George Preserving & Canning Company Ltd

St George Preserving & Canning Company Ltd :St George boiled mutton. [Can label. 1890s-1940s].

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Unidentified colonial family

Unidentified family group

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Woman from Hawkes Bay district

Maori woman from Hawkes Bay district

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Railways: building the rail network

Railways: Building the rail network

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Foxton State School

Foxton State School. (Manawatu Herald, 19 December 1896)

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Creating pastures

Pastures: Creating pastures

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Burning the bush in Taranaki

Burning the bush, Taranaki

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Parihaka

Puke Ariki

Letter from an English immigrant

Letters from happy English immigrants

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Chinese gold miners

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Boys of the Southern Cross

Song: Boys of the Southern Cross

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Acclimatisation

Acclimatisation: Early acclimatisation societies

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The merino

Sheep farming: The Merino – the earliest breed

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Family life in the colonies

FAMILY LIFE IN THE COLONIES. (Hawke's Bay Herald, 07 February 1896)

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The New Zealand Company

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Pioneer house

Pioneer House - First Episode

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Settler's dwelling

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Howick historical village

Howick Historical Village

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Game of our lives

The Game of Our Lives - Home and Away

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Colonial leisure activities

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Colonial naming

Place names: Colonial naming

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The Mackenzie affair

The Mackenzie Affair

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Letters from settlers and labouring emigrants

Many people wrote letters about the work they were doing. Here are a few examples from a surveyor and some settlers.

1843 - Letters from Settlers and Labouring Emigrants - NELSON

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Hunter’s gold

Hunter's Gold - First Episode

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One Hundred Crowded Years

One Hundred Crowded Years (1941)

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

A series of landscape paintings, drawings and old photos of Auckland city

Auckland

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A series of landscape paintings, drawings and photographs of Dunedin city

Olde Dunedin

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Health of colonial youth

THE HEALTH OF COLONIAL YOUTH. (Auckland Star, 06 October 1880)

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Coach and Club Hotel Eketahuna

Coach and Club Hotel, Eketahuna

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Te Aro and Wellington Harbour

Aubrey, Christopher, fl 1868-1906 :[Te Aro and Wellington Harbour]. 1889.

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Group portrait of a Wanganui brass band

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Bullock teams

Bullock Teams

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A threshing machine at Temuka

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EPIC

Services to Schools

The Garden Party

Services to Schools

Puhoi's 150 years

Services to Schools

Sailing ship Wild Deer

The prow of the sailing ship 'Wild Deer'

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Celebration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee

Procession celebrating Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, Trafalgar Street, Nelson

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Princes Street, Dunedin

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Dairy Factory, Whangamomona

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Queen Street Wharf, Auckland

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Panoramic views of Epsom and Remuera, Auckland

Two panoramic views looking over Epsom and Remuera, Auckland, taken from the same point, some years apart

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Ormondville railway viaduct

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Horse drawn bus, leaving Karori for Wellington

Horse drawn bus, leaving the foot of the Makara Hill, Wellington, for the city

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Highwic

Services to Schools

Early settlers

Services to Schools

New Zealand

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