About this object

A three-dimensional model of a landscape and settlement in wax, with moss and rushes representing the vegetation. The model is enclosed in a wooden case with glass front. There is damage at the site of previous repairs and in a very fragile condition.

The label reads: 'Model of the Pa at Rua-Pekapeka, Bay of Islands, Heke's War 1846'. It shows the British encampment and gun positions.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Model
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1846 after
  • Materials
    Wax; Moss (Catagonium politum); Moss (Macromitrium sp); Ruch (Juncus sp); Technique: Sculpture (Wax)
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    51.5 x 28.0 cm
  • Note
    The entry in the Beasley Notebook reads 'A small wax model of the Pa at Ruapekapeka, the scene of an engagement on the 1st of January 1846 between British troops under Col Despard, and Maoris under Hone Heke and Kawiti. Both Heke & Kawiti fought in the Pa, and Col Despard declared in dispatches that the extraordinary strength of the place far exceeded the estimations of the attacking force. The Maori evacuated the Pa, and its capture terminated the 1845-6 campaign. Deposited by Sir Everard Home.'

    Other information with the model gives 'constructed by one who was actually on the spot at the time of its capture in 1846'.

    Published in 'Short Notes on two Maori Pa in English Museums' by HG Beasley, Director Cranmore Ethnographical Museum, Chislehurst, Kent. Polynesian Society Journal 1932: 237-238.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Everard Sir Home (Previous owner); Unidentified (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Short Notes on two Maori Pa in English Museums

    Beasley, Harry G

    Author: Beasley, Harry G
    Publisher: Journal of the Polynesian Society
    Date: 1932
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Ownership

Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1932-04-02
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Unidentified

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1932-04-02
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Everard Sir Home

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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