• Tū te Whaihanga Showcase 8

George III Coronation medalet, 1761. On loan from Whāngārā Incorporated Blocks, L1985/61

Mētara Koroneihana a Hōri III  George III Coronation medalet

Parāhe Brass

He mea kite tēnei mētara parāhe i ngā onepū i Whāngārā i te tau 1983, e karapotihia ana e ngā taonga nō mua i te nōhanga mai a te Pākehā. He tāruatanga o te kini kōura i heipū i te tau 1761 hei tohu whakamahara i te koroneihana o Kīngi Hōri Te Tuatoru. I kapo i a William Monkhouse, te tākuta i runga i te kaipuke Endeavour, he tohu tēnei i mau ki te kaki o tētahi rangatira, nō Ngāti Konohi pea, i whakaeke i te kaipuke, nō rātou e tata ana ki Whāngārā i te 19 o Ōketopa 1769. Hei ngā taringa o te rangatira rā, e mau ana e rua ngā maikuku me tētahi kapeu (e rite ana ki te kapeu kei roto i tēnei whakakitenga). He mea whakawhiti e Kuki he tapa me tētahi mētara.

This brass medalet was found in the sand dunes at Whāngārā (about 30 kilometres north of Tūranganui a Kiwa) in 1983 surrounded by artefacts from the time before European settlement. It is a copy of the gold guinea struck in 1761 to commemorate the coronation of King George III. William Monkhouse, the surgeon on board the Endeavour, described a ‘medal of the present King’ being hung around the neck of a chief, likely to be of Ngāti Konohi, who came on board the ship while close to Whāngārā on 19 October 1769. The chief was wearing two fingernails and a pounamu kapeu (a greenstone earring like the one in this exhibition) in his ear. Cook gifted him tapa and a medalet.

Lent by Whāngārā Incoporated Blocks, 1985.61

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