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Gustavus von Tempsky


A formal portrait of Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky wearing the uniform of the Armed Constabulary, circa 1868. Although he spent only six years in this country, Tempsky was one of the most colourful characters of 19th-century New Zealand and became something of a folk hero.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PA2-2102
Photographer: Hartley Webster
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa must be obtained before any reuse of this image.

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