Household Narratives From a Colonial Frontier: The Archaeology of The Maria Place Cottages, Whanganui, New Zealand

Author(s): Naomi J Woods

Year: 2017

Summary

Whanganui has a colourful history, from its beginnings as a planned New Zealand Company settlement in 1840, to a base for colonial warfare and then a hub for intensive farming of the surrounding hinterland by the turn of the twentieth century. The Maria Place cottages lay in the heart of this town, originally nestled between the two main stockades and subsequently becoming a part of the bustling central business district, and as such they have the potential to reveal a wealth of information about the changing nature of the settlement during its formative decades. This research follows one particular family during their time at the site and combines the historical and archaeological record with the aim of constructing a cohesive narrative which focuses on individual experiences of these processes. This approach has been overlooked in New Zealand archaeology and yet holds huge potential for regional, national and global comparative research. 

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Household Narratives From a Colonial Frontier: The Archaeology of The Maria Place Cottages, Whanganui, New Zealand. Naomi J Woods. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435376)

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Keywords

General
Colonialism Material Culture Narrative

Geographic Keywords
New Zealand Oceania

Temporal Keywords
Victorian

Spatial Coverage

min long: -176.843; min lat: -50.852 ; max long: 178.558; max lat: -34.415 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 163