Paterson, Alan Stuart

Pictorial Historical Map of New Zealand

History at a Glance Historical Map of New Zealand arranged with all care but no sense of responsibility for easy reference.

DESCRIPTION: Scarce cartoonish pictorial map of New Zealand ca. 1940 primarily focused on historical events related to white settlers, but with a lighthearted, comical touch. Apparently scarce; only three examples found in WorldCat, all in New Zealand institutions.

Drawn by Alan Stuart Patterson. Published by A.H. Reed and A.W. Reed. Dunedin, NZ. by permission of the Lands and Survey Department.

Paterson's clever map shows numerous historical events in New Zealand including:
  • The Great Migration of the Maoris from Hawaiki to Aotearoa
  • Route of explorer Abel Tasman.
  • Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
  • First arrival of tourists at Rotorua
  • Arrival of the 'Tory' at Port Nicholson in 1839.
  • Discovery of the succulence of Bluff Oysters
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, European explorers, primarily from Britain, began to visit and settle in New Zealand. The first known European to sight New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman in 1642, but it was not until the voyages of British explorer James Cook in the late 1760s and 1770s that the islands were mapped and more extensively explored. Following Cook's journeys, whalers, sealers, and traders started to visit New Zealand, establishing contact with the indigenous Māori people.

The early interactions between European settlers and Māori were characterized by a mix of cooperation, trade, and conflict. Many Māori initially welcomed the newcomers, as they brought new technologies, such as muskets and metal tools, which the Māori quickly adapted for their own purposes. However, the increasing European presence also led to disputes over land, resources, and cultural misunderstandings. The introduction of European diseases, to which the Māori had no immunity, also had a devastating impact on the indigenous population.

To address the growing tensions and to establish British sovereignty over New Zealand, representatives of the British Crown and Maori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The treaty was intended to protect Maori rights and to provide a framework for the peaceful coexistence of Maori and Europeans. However, differences in the interpretation of the treaty's English and Maori versions, as well as the failure of the British to adhere to its principles, led to further conflicts, including the New Zealand Wars of the 1840s to 1870s. Despite these challenges, the Maori and European settlers gradually adapted to each other's presence, leading to the development of a unique bicultural society in New Zealand.

Alan Stuart Paterson
( 1902 - 1968 )

Alan Stuart Paterson, born on January 24, 1902, in Hawera, New Zealand, was a cartoonist known for his light-hearted and humorous depictions of everyday life. Educated at Clyde Quay School and Wellington College, Paterson briefly worked as a cartoonist for the New Zealand Times in 1925 before becoming the first staff cartoonist for the Dominion, where he remained until 1950. His cartoons for the Dominion often explored the comic potential of news items through a series of linked thumbnail drawings, appealing to a wide audience.

In May 1950, Paterson joined the New Zealand Labour Party's daily newspaper, the Southern Cross, as a cartoonist. Although he occasionally drew political cartoons and serious war-related pieces, his preference was for humor and everyday life. In 1951 Paterson became curator for the Gisborne Art Gallery and Museum.

CREATOR: Paterson, Alan Stuart



BODY OF WATER: Pacific Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Folds as issued. Pinholes in corners.

COLORING: Lithographed color.


SIZE: 18 " x 27 "


PRICE: $335


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