Baptism of Te Ngahue.

Alternative Title

Baptism of Te Ngahue, an aged New-Zealand chief, at Te Ariki, on the lake of Tarawera by the Rev. T. Chapman. J. Johnston sc. ca 1851.

Date Created

[ca. 1851]




Hocken Pictorial Collections - 12,346 a


Letterpress below image: Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand, being at Te Ariki, witnessed the baptism of this old Chief and was so much impressed by the scene that he had a drawing of it made, and kindly forwarded it to the Church Missionary Society. Te Ngahue is supposed to have been nearly eighty years old, and in all probability was near his end. He had long been a Candidate for Baptism, and had, with much labour, learned to read a little, and appeared to be looking to Christ alone for the salvation of his soul. He had not been able to master the Catechism and other elementary boks usually required to be learned by heart; but, under the circumstances, Mr Chapman thought it right to comply with the earnest desire of himself and friends that he should be baptized at once. He was brought into the Chapel on an amo, or native litter, and was baptized by the name of Hori (Gerge). Having shaken hands with the Governor, Mr Chapman and the other visitors, he was carefully wrapped up again in his handsome native mats, and borne back to his house. A full account is given in the Church Missionary Intelligencer for March 1851 (Seeleys, Fleet Street, and Hanover Street, Hanover Square), taken from the Journal of His Excellency’s Assistant Private Secretary.


213 x 355 mm


wood engraving on silk

Temporal Coverage


Dr T.M. Hocken’s Collection.


Dr T.M. Hocken’s Collection.






Clarke, Cuthbert, 1818-1863, “Baptism of Te Ngahue.,” | OUR Heritage, accessed June 13, 2024,