The Logbooks Of The Lady Nelson, By Ida Lee










































































 -  The Governor had shown him kindness and had
ordered some pigs to be sent from Norfolk Island to New Zealand - Page 280
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The Governor Had Shown Him Kindness And Had Ordered Some Pigs To Be Sent From Norfolk Island To New Zealand For His Father, And Tippahee, On Receiving The Present, Had Himself Resolved To Pay A Visit To Governor King.

He embarked with his four sons in a small colonial whaling vessel bound for Norfolk Island.

The voyage was hardly a success, for on his arrival there he complained to the authorities that the master of the ship had treated them badly and had detained his youngest son. Captain Piper, the Commandant, gave them a very kind reception, and it is said rescued the youngest son from the master of the whaler. Shortly afterwards, H.M.S. Buffalo called at Norfolk Island, when Tippahee, with his sons, was received on board by Captain Houston, and after the Buffalo had visited Tasmania, the New Zealanders were brought to Sydney, where, dressed in the costume of a Chief of his country, Tippahee did homage to Governor King. We are told that this meant laying a mat at Governor King's feet and performing the ceremony of "joining noses." The Governor seems to have developed a great admiration for Tippahee. He allowed the Maori Chief to remain, along with his eldest son, as a guest at Government House, and provided his other sons with suitable lodgings. The Chief is described as being 5 feet 11 1/2 inches high, stout and athletic looking, and about forty-six years of age. His face was completely tattooed.

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