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New Zealand's first missionary school


In 2012/13 archaeologists uncovered evidence of New Zealand's first school, built beside missionary Thomas Kendall’s house in the small Church Missionary Society (Anglican) settlement at Hohi (Oihi) in the Bay of Islands. The school was opened on 12 August 1816: read more here

The images show the remains of the brick fireplace, a toy cannon and one of the kauri timbers which supported the wall of the building.


Images courtesy of Angela Middleton, the author of Pēwhairangi: Bay of Islands missions and Māori 1814 to 1845, Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2014

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