The rediscovery in 2003 of the historic Māori Visitors' Book (1901-1918) has opened up new ways of understanding the significance of Gottfried Lindauer's portraits of Māori. Now transcribed and translated by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission, the comments left in the Visitors' Book provide indelible evidence of the portrait sitters' mana. The Māori Visitors' Book was kept with a companion Pākēha Book in the tiny Lindauer Art Gallery above Henry Partridge's shop in Queen Street, Auckland. The famous Partridge Collection of Lindauer portraits and scenes of Māori life were displayed here from 1901 until 1913 before being gifted to the Auckland Art Gallery in 1915. Read more...


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  • Petr Blazek

    At 8am on 23 August 2015

    Very interesting website. Thanks.

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    At 6am on 20 November 2014

    Pozdrowienia od sklepu zeglarskiego z Bydgoszczy

  • ngaire lea robinson kahotea - ngati puu, ngati maru

    At 4pm on 13 March 2014

    Kia ora im looking for a maori design that represents (McCaskill, ngati puu, ngati maru) my phone number is 0279078341 thanks. Xx

  • carol

    At 3pm on 4 March 2014

    very interesting portrait....I know my ancestors Paipa were Ngati Porou and I am related to the Wharepapa line...

  • Ngarangi Walker - Ngati Porou

    At 7pm on 17 February 2014

    Kia ora. I'd be interested to korero to anyone who has any info/whakapapa on Ruka Aratapu.

  • anissa ljanta

    At 9pm on 21 April 2013

    My kids great great grandmother signed this page, how great to actually see her very words! I would love to know what year these pages of the visitors book were from?

  • Charlotte Nikau

    At 12am on 13 June 2012

    Kia ora, thank you so much for the information that you have provided from my nana kene purua. I have been trying to put together my whakapapa, and it great to see that my nana's writing, as soon as I saw the writing I knew it was him. If only you knew how much this means to me. Please keep up the fantastic effort. Arohamai.

  • Caroline McBride

    At 10am on 21 May 2012

    Thanks to Nerolie for her positive comment about viewing whanau names. If you open the book on any page you are offered 3 choices in the box below: a faithful transcription of the words as they were written at the time; a transcription with modern punctuation and macrons and a transcription and translation into English. 'Hope you enjoy reading their korero and thanks to Te Taura Whiri i te reo Maori The Maori Language Commission for all of the transcription and translation work on the Visitors Book.

  • Nerolie Hemara - Ngati Maniapoto

    At 2pm on 30 April 2012

    How exciting,to go through these pages and view some familiar whanau names. How unfortunate that I am not able to understand their korero. Not finished looking but I will be back

  • Gail Young

    At 11am on 19 April 2012

    Remana Nutana (Mangere Bridge) and Wahanga Wetini (Raglan). These two people are mentioned in the above book. Does anyone have a portrait or pictures of these two people? They feature on entry number 152.

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