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A sketch in the Riwaka Valley A sketch in the Riwaka Valley
Unmounted pencil drawing on paper, with brown paper strip along top. Stand of tall trees with buildings in the background.
"17" and "S.G. Jan. 1851"
Adiantum cunninghamii (Maiden Hair) Adiantum cunninghamii (Maiden Hair)
Handcoloured lithograph on cream paper, with card backing. The print is a botanical illustration of a fern. Several thin black stems are depicted with compound leaves in odd pinnate formation. The green leaf blades are closely spaced and fan shaped. One frond is depicted as a small spiral shaped bud.

The illustration is titled "Adiantum Cunninghamii (Maiden Hair)" and on a piece of paper affixed to paper "HURUHURU TAPAIRU" and "Growing in dense woods and damp places A large tropical and temperate genus"
Aorere Hills, Collingwood Aorere Hills, Collingwood
Pencil drawing on white rectangular sheet of paper on brown card backing. The drawing depicts the Collingwood / Aorere landscape. In the foreground is a large expanse of flat land with a river, centre left, curving back into the middle-distance. In the middle-distance slightly to the left of centre, two dwellings are depicted in front of a stand of trees. The trees extend in a band to the right edge, and another stand of trees is further back in the drawing on the left. The two stands of trees suggest a river runs between them. In the background are steep hills.

The drawing is titled “Aorere Hills Collingwood Jan 1864”.
Asplenium flabellifolium (Whipcord) Asplenium flabellifolium (Whipcord)
Handcoloured lithograph on cream paper with card backing. The print is a botanical illustration of a fern. Several fronds are depicted at the top of the composition, descending from a central root. The green leaflets are fan-shaped on a long black frond axis, trailing down to a single small oval-shaped leaf at the terminal end.

The print is titled "Asplenium flabellifolium (Whip-cord)" and "Abundant in North and South Islands growing on Rocks and stony places, also in Australia and Tasmania"
Asplenium flaccidum (Nga makawe a raukatauri) Asplenium flaccidum (Nga makawe a raukatauri)
Handcoloured lithograph on cream paper with card backing. The print is a botanical illustration of a fern. Several fronds are depicted at the top of the composition, descending from a branch. The green-brown fronds have a smooth, leathery appearance, with small pointed alternate leaflets on a thick green axis.

The print is titled "Asplenium flaccidum" and on a piece of paper affixed to paper "NGA MAKAWE A RAUKATAURI" and "Grows on the branches of trees throughout New Zealand. One of the most variable ferns known".
Astelia grandis (Kowhara-whara) Astelia grandis (Kowhara-whara)
Handcoloured lithograph on cream paper with card backing. The print is a botanical illustration of part of a plant. A green branch is depicted, with green spear-shaped leaves. The leaf blades are long and linear with parallel venation. Two fruit spikes are depicted, with clusters of orange and red berries. The uppermost part of the fruit spike has small green unripe berries.

The print is titled "Astelia grandis. (Kowhara-whara)" and "A plant with long smooth grass-like leaves and orange colour berries. Forest of the North Island"
Auckland March 20th 1865 Auckland March 20th 1865
Mixed-media, ink and pencil sketch, on rectangular sheet of white paper with paper backing. The drawing depicts an early Auckland settlement and harbour. In the foreground vegetation including tree ferns and flaxes are depicted. In the middle-ground is an early settlement. Houses are interspersed amongst fenced sections of land. Right of centre is a church with a tall steeple. In the background is Auckland harbour. There are ships in various parts of the harbour. On the left is a steep sided flat topped hill, mount Victoria, and sloping down to the right, to the right of the church steeple is North Head. Behind North head, in the background is a large hill with gradual slopes and a triple peak, Rangitoto Island.

In the top right corner is “31” and the drawing is titled "Auckland March 20. 1865"
Auckland Point in 1843 Auckland Point in 1843
Mixed-media drawing on rectangular sheet of white paper with border margins. The picture depicts a view of Auckland Point and the haven, looking north-east from an elevated perspective. In the foreground on the left is a hill slope. On the right is a road which extends from the bottom right corner up and across the picture in an 'S' shape to the left. The 'S' shaped road forms a harbour inlet in the right foreground, where two ships and a Waka are moored, and the foreshore of Auckland Point on the left. Various buildings are depicted in the left middle-ground. To the right in the middle-ground is the harbour, and there is a house on a small piece of land that juts out from the right edge. In the background is the boulder bank and on the right are high hills.

In the bottom margin is "1844 (the last '4' is crossed out and replaced with a 3) Barnicoat" and "Auckland Point."
Bearcroft, the residence of Dr Munro Bearcroft, the residence of Dr Munro
Pencil drawing, with top and bottom border margins, on white paper with backing sheet. The drawing depicts ‘Bearcroft’, the residence of Dr Munro. In the foreground is a grassy lawn. In the middle-ground on a slight slope is a rectangular weatherboard cottage, of the ‘folk architecture’ style with a simple, low-pitch, lean-to verandah. The roof is a steep triangular shape with two chimneys at either end. To the right of the cottage is a small tree. Behind the cottage is a high fence, and a roof of another dwelling is visible to the left. In the background are hills.

The drawing is signed and titled "SG Octbr 1850"
Birds eye view of the early days in Nelson, New Zealand 1842-48 Birds eye view of the early days in Nelson, New Zealand 1842-48
Ink drawing on a square sheet of semi-opaque tracing paper. The drawing is a simplistic line drawing of the layout of early Nelson with named buildings. It has a loose grid formation, with the Cathedral and Cathedral hill top right, with Trafalgar Street running down the length of the paper from the cathedral to the ‘north’ end of the map. The Maitai River curves around and down from top left corner around to the bottom right, intersecting with Trafalgar Street.

From bottom left to bottom right, middle left to middle right, top left to top right.

Bottom left to right
“MEYERS Surveyor”;

“STALLARD Painter”; “ANCHOR HOTEL (Shine)”; “WAKATU HOTEL” “HARLEY’S”; “WILKIE Store”; “PERRY”; “JOE WHITE boot maker”; “JOHNSTONE money lender”;

Left of “EEL POND”
“RAPO”; “LITTLE SCOTLAND”; “BLANCHARD Shoemaker”; “HUNTER Watchmaker”; “DOLAMOR Baptist Minister”; “HOOPER’S BREWERY”;

Above and on “PORT ROAD” to the right of the eel pond below “HARDY ST”

Above “EEL POND” on “HARDY ST”

“BIRD Butcher”; “PARKES”; “LLOYD Butcher”; “EYES-EMPSON”; “DRY DITCH”; “GREATHEAD Blacksmith”


Left on “TRAFALGAR ST” above “HARDY ST”

“TUTU” above “HARDY ST”
“TUTU”; “BLACK WILLIAM constable”

Left of and left on “TRAFALGAR ST” above “HARDY ST”

Right on and right of “TRAFALGAR ST” above “HARDY ST”
“DR MCSAIN”; “MRS COLE”; “LANGFORD Joiner”; “DARTNELL”; “COPPINS”; extreme right “Sale Yard for Cattle & Horses from SYDNEY”

Left of “THE BROOK”

To the right of “THE BROOK” and to the left of “CHURCH HILL”
“LANEY Baker”; “MARSDEN (watch maker)”; “DR WILSON”; “CAPT. NEWCOMBE”; “Shaumacher”; “SCHOOL REV. BUTT”; “MILLS Head Gaoler”; “Tailor GREEN”; “CAPT ENGLAND”; “COLLINGWOOD ST CEMETRY”; “DADDY WHITE Magistrate”; “YATES gardner”; “CAWTHRON”; “COLEMAN Cabinet Maker”; “WOOTTEN”; “COURT HOUSE”;


Right of “CHURCH HILL”
“STRINGER Carpenter”;

“GAOL Built of logs”

Above “CHURCH HILL” parallel to “HARDY ST”

Top left corner
… …; “BLICK Weaver”; “BROWN”; “SAM NEWPORT milkman”; “GROOEY”; “S NEWPORT”; “B… Pioneer”; “SAXTON”

Above survey line

In the top left corner is written "Original Bett 25". The drawing is titled and signed "1842 - 1848, BIRDS EYE VIEW of the EARLY DAYS IN NELSON N.Z. by W.H. COLE from memory".