• Head of Otegoongoon.

    Head of Otegoongoon.

    On his first Pacific voyage (1769-1770) James Cook visited the Bay of Islands, where Sydney Parkinson, the expedition’s natural history artist, sketched this illustration of Otegoongoon. By the end of the voyage, Parkinson had produced nearly a thousand drawings of plants and animals.
    Head of Otegoongoon, son of a New Zealand chief, the face curiously tataon’d. From: Sydney Parkinson. A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty’s ship, the Endeavour… London: Richardson and Urquhart, 1773.
  • An account of the loss of the ship Boyd.

    An account of the loss of the ship Boyd.

    When the Scottish merchant Alexander Berry called into the Bay of Islands to load cargo in December 1809, he learned of the recent attack on the convict ship Boyd, which resulted in many deaths. He rescued the four survivors and gathered testimony for the reasons of the attack.

    During his investigation Berry asked Tarra, about Captain James Cook. Tarra responded with a personal recollection and also commented on Tupia [Tupaia], the Tahitian navigator and interpreter who accompanied Cook in 1769-1770.
    Alexander Berry. An account of the loss of the ship Boyd in 1809. 1897. GNZMS 91.
  • Tooi, a late chief of New Zealand.

    Tooi, a late chief of New Zealand.

    Tui was from the Bay of Islands, his early contact with the missionaries of Parramatta, Port Jackson lead him to join Thomas Kendall and Te Tiri, a kinsman, on a trip to England in 1818. During their visit, Tui and Te Tiri became ill and were unable to assist Kendall with the completion of a Māori grammar. Both Tui and Te Tiri fully recovered and returned to New Zealand.
    Tooi, a late chief of New Zealand. From: Missionary register. London: L. and G. Seeley, 1826.