"Early Pioneers Arrive off New Plymouth, 1841"

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Sketch using a series of detailed line work to depict early pioneers arriving off the coast of New Plymouth in 1841. The foreground shows the wooden floor-boards of the deck of the arriving ship. The far left-foreground depicts the entrance to the hull of the ship. To the right of this entrance in the left-foreground there is a large coiled rope. Slightly up and to the right of this rope is a trunk. The midground depicts a group of pioneers on the deck of the ship. Their clothes are all shaded using cross-hatching. Three men are placed in the left-midground moving equipment and belongings off the ship, handing it to a Māori man who is in the centre of the midground, presumably standing on a smaller boat that is anchored next to the larger ship. The right midground shows men, women and children looking out at the shores of New Plymouth, or moving and carrying items from the ship. A distinctive passenger in this right-midground is a young woman who sits next to the trunk aforementioned. She has a large skirt and coat on, and a bonnet around her head and is looking at a male passenger to her right. In the background is the ocean and shores of New Plymouth. A small boat can be seen on the ocean, presumably ferrying passengers from the ship to land. A few housing structures can be seen on the shore with smoke rising behind them. To the right in the background Mount Taranaki can be seen, with billowing clouds stretching from the right to the left of the sketch, indicating a cloudy sky. A few seabirds can be seen flying above the sea in the left-background.

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