VICTORIA LEAGUE OF AUCKLAND.
HIS MAJESTY THE KING.
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.
H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught, K.G., K.T., K.P., Etc
H.R.H. Princess Christian of Schleswig-Hoistein.
H.R.H. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll.
Hon. Treas.: Miss J.A. Mowbray.
Sec.: Miss E.M. Statham.
Dr. T.W. Hope Lewis.
43 Shortland Street,
June 23rd, 1913
Letter to Captain Halsey
At the suggestion of one of our members (Miss O'Neill) and owing to
the kindness of Mr H.E. Partridge, the owner of the original
painting, I have much pleasure in forwarding you a framed
photograph of Lindauer's portrait of the famous Maori chief, Tamati
Waka Nene, which I trust you will accept with the best wishes of
the Auckland members of the Victoria League.
Although the gift is a very modest one, it is, I think fitting
that the "New Zealand" should possess a likeness of Tamati,
inasmuch as he was the first and only Maori who had the distinction
of being appointed an Honorary Post Captain in the British
His friendship was of incalculable value to the British and to
the Empire in the war against Hone Heke in 1845, and on various
other occasions, and at the close of this war, he was presented by
the Queen with a silver loving cup as a token of his loyalty and in
recognition of his services in bringing about a termination of
Tamati Waka Nene was undoubtedly the most picturesque figure of
his time, and the portrait of such a famous diplomat and warrior
will, I trust, find a place on our Dominion's first battle-ship -
especially in view of the honorary position Tamati held in the
I am yours faithfully,
President Victoria League.
Letter from Captain Halsey
Auckland, 25th June /13
On behalf of my Officers and men I beg to extend our most hearty
thanks for your kindness in offering a likeness of the famous Maori
chief, Tamati Waka Nene.
The picture will be greatly prized by all on board, and will be
especially acceptable in view of Tamati's connection wit [with] the
E. Anderson Esq
Act. President Victoria League
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