Museum’s golden addition – but who is ‘The Blind Woman of Taupō’?

Charles Frederick Goldie's painting "The Blind Woman of Taupō" has been loaned to the Taupō Museum.


Charles Frederick Goldie’s portray “The Blind Woman of Taupō” has been loaned to the Taupō Museum.

A personal benefactor has loaned Taupō’s museum an nearly priceless portray to show for the subsequent 5 years – but who is the kuia pictured in Charles Frederick Goldie’s “The Blind Woman of Taupō”?

The portray, produced within the Thirties by the legendary artist, is now on show within the museum’s wharenui (assembly home) Te Aroha o Rongoheikume and can sit subsequent to portraits of Ngāti Tūwharetoa chiefs Te Werahiko (Haukino) and Rutene Te Uamairangi Rahui of Ōpepe, painted in 1908 by notable artist and Taupō identification Thomas Ryan.

The new exhibit, referred to as Goldie and Ryan, opened this month and museum employees are eager to search out out who the girl within the portray was and are hoping locals can determine her.

Speaking on the official opening, Taupō District Council occasions and venues supervisor Steve Giles mentioned “there aren’t too many better work days than this”.


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“We have the privilege as a team to be part of the guardianship or kaitiakitanga of the treasured Goldie taonga,” he mentioned.

Goldie’s work targeting aged rangatira (chiefs) with moko (tattoo), preserving the so-referred to as “noble relics of a noble race”.

In 1901, Goldie visited Rotorua the place his buddy and fellow artist Thomas Ryan was working ferry providers.

Ryan’s spouse, Mary Wharepapa, helped Goldie together with his topics and persuaded a quantity of Te Arawa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa fashions to sit down for him.

However, it is not identified who the girl was, or if she was from Rotorua or Taupō.

Taupō District Council events and venues manager Steve Giles speaks at the opening of the Goldie and Ryan display.

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Taupō District Council occasions and venues supervisor Steve Giles speaks on the opening of the Goldie and Ryan show.

The existence of Ryan’s Tūwharetoa chief work was not identified by family till the portraits have been proven on the TV present Te Karere once they have been to be auctioned off on the International Art Centre in Auckland within the eraly Nineties.

Eraita Ann Clarke and Hinetemoa Walker of Taupō, granddaughters of Rutene Rahui, recognised his distinctive spiral moko and contacted the public sale home which agreed to attend till they may discover the Money to purchase them.

The Ōpepe Farm Trust stepped up and acquired the portraits, and in 1995 the work have been welcomed again to the district by the Ōpepe trustees and descendants of each Te Werahiko and Rutene.

They have been then entrusted to the museum so it may take care of the artworks accurately.

Giles mentioned credit score needed to go to all these concerned in getting Goldie’s paintings along with Ryan’s on the museum.

“We owe a great debt of thanks to the donors. Thank you for sharing your gift with us and the community.”

For conservation causes, just one of Ryan’s work can be displayed at a time and they are going to be swapped each six months.

The Goldie and Ryan exhibition is now open to the general public and might be seen between 10am and 4.30pm daily and entry is free for locals.

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