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Object: Untitled [Scene from the New Zealand (Mäori) Pioneer Battalion ’Hui Aroha’, Gisborne]

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Title Untitled [Scene from the New Zealand (Mäori) Pioneer Battalion ’Hui Aroha’, Gisborne]
Production McDonald, James (photographer), May 1919, Gisborne
Medium summary black and white silver gelatin glass negative
Materials silver, photographic gelatin, photographic plates, sheet glass
Classification gelatin dry plate negatives, black-and-white negatives
Technique black-and-white photography
Dimensions Image: 4.5 (Height) x 6.5 (Width)
Format half plate (1/2)
Registration number MU000523/001/0001

In May 1919, a 'Hui Aroha' was held in Gisborne for East Coast members of the New Zealand (Mäori) Pioneer Battalion returning from World War I.

Ethnologists Elsdon Best, James McDonald and Johannes Andersen attended the hui to record aspects of Maori culture for the Dominion Museum. This photograph, which shows the soldiers, their families and supporters sharing a meal at the Gisborne Racecourse (where the Hui Aroha was held), was taken by McDonald.

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