Table; Pre 1840; XMM.129.1



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Table; made from mahogany, probably dating from the Regency period. The table, probably the central leaf (cut from a single plank) of a three-leaved table, is rectangular and has four turned legs with tapered feet. In accordance with its age and travels, the table has ink stains and imperfections. It belonged to John Hobbs and was probably used for the Mangungu signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840. Comes with four chairs (XMM.129.2-5).

John Hobbs (1800-1883) was a Wesleyan missionary stationed at Mangungu from 1828-1833, briefly in 1838/39, and again from 1841 when he was appointed Acting Head of the northern mission. Hobbs was also a skilful linguist and acted as interpreter for William Hobson at the second major signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which took place in front of the Mangungu Mission House. More chiefs signed the Treaty at Mangungu than at any other place in New Zealand.

For more information about Mangungu Mission House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Date Made

Pre 1840

Medium and Materials



71.3 x 129.2 x 73cm

Credit Line

Collection of Mangungu Mission House, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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