From: Frederick Rice Stack. Views in the Province of Auckland, New Zealand. London : Day and Son, 1863. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

From: Frederick Rice Stack. Views in the Province of Auckland, New Zealand. London : Day and Son, 1863. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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From: Frederick Rice Stack. Views in the Province of Auckland, New Zealand. London : Day and Son, 1863. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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Views in the Province of Auckland, New Zealand.

Author: Frederick Rice Stack.
Ref No: GNZ 993.2 S78
Date Added: 19th March 1863
Date Created: 1863

Plate with title: View of Auckland Harbour, New Zealand, taken during the regatta of January 1862. (The race of the Māori war canoes.)

A career soldier in the British Army, Major Frederick Rice Stack was based in New Zealand for only five years (1857-1862). He left a vivid record of his stay, however, in the set of six large hand-coloured lithographs published on his return to England by the London firm of Day and Son, who proudly proclaimed themselves ‘lithographers to the Queen’. For each of his ‘views’ Stack also provided a detailed ‘descriptive letterpress’.

Stack, somewhat condescendingly, praises Auckland shops (‘some few of them would by no means disgrace provincial towns in England’), but he is otherwise scathing about local architecture: ‘The principal public buildings, churches, chapels, barracks, public offices, house of assembly, court-house, gaol, &c., almost without exception, have been built without any regard to beauty or design.’

The Library’s copy of the Views has a hand-written inscription from Stack on the title-page: ‘For His Excellency, Sir George Grey, K.C.B. with the author's compliments. London, 19th March 1863’.

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