- c. 1908
- Purchased 1959
- 257 x 360mm
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About the artist
Margaret Stoddart, from The Weekly Press 9 June 1909
Perhaps the most effective way to clear the native forest that stood in the way of developing farmland was to set fire to it – something poignantly captured here by Margaret Stoddart. The landscape of Paraparaumu, and the Tararua mountain ranges beyond, was home to one of Aotearoa’s most prized birds, the huia. Now extinct, when Stoddart painted this work around 1908, the last official sighting of huia had been recorded a year earlier. Huia were prized for their distinctive tail feathers by Māori and Pākehā, and were relentlessly hunted to extinction in the early 1900s to satisfy a lucrative trade in their skins for stuffed specimens and their beaks for grim jewellery.
Ship Nails and Tail Feathers, 10 June – 22 October 2023