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Horatio Gordon ROBLEY,  (28 June 1840 – 29 October 1930):

Robley was a soldier, artist and macabre collector of Mokomokai and antiquities.

He wrote two books relating to his time in New Zealand, Moko or Maori Tattooing in 1896 and Pounamu: Notes on New Zealand Greenstone.

In the first book, as well as demonstrating and explaining the art of Māori tattooing, he also wrote chapters on the dried tattooed heads or Mokomokai.

G Robley, postcard, Tattoing a thigh

In 1863 his 68th Regiment left Burma for the New Zealand land wars and landed at Auckland, New Zealand on 8 January 1864. Displaying a characteristic desire to absorb his new surroundings, Robley purchased a Māori vocabulary and other books about Māori.

During his time in New Zealand he met Herete Mauao and they had a son whom they named Hamiora Tu Ropere.

Robley was a remarkably prolific correspondent. He sent his many New Zealand friends a constant stream of letters, decorated envelopes, annotated sketches, illustrated postcards, newsclippings, photographs and miscellaneous items.

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Robley Postcards

 

Card size: 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (13.8 x 8.8cm) approximately.

 

Postcard titles:

LINK to LARGER IMAGES x GROUP:

  • GROUP ONE:
  • 1) Pen & Ink sketch; Maori Hongi
    — note written by Robley.
  • 2) Pen & Ink sketch; Maori woman with moko.
  • 3) Lithograph; Tomika te Mutu, chief of Ngai-te-Rangi, Tauranga.
  • 4) Lithograph; Tomika te Mutu, chief of Ngai-te-Rangi, Tauranga.
  •  
  • GROUP TWO:
  • 5) Lithograph; Tutu Ngarahu,
    Maori Haka — signed G. Robley.
  • 6) Photograph; Tutu Ngarahu,
    Maori Haka — Iles photographer.
  • 7) Photograph; Tutu Ngarahu,
    Maori Haka — Iles publisher.
  • 8) Lithograph; Tutu Ngarahu,
    Maori Haka — Iles publisher.
  • 9) Lithograph; Tutu Ngarahu,
    Maori Haka — Iles publisher.
  • 10) Lithograph; Maori Haka
  •  
  • GROUP THREE:
  • 11) Lithograph; Maori Tattooing.
  • 12) Lithograph; Maori carving.
  • 13) Pen & Ink drawing;
    Maori chieftaness, 1912.
  • 14) Pen & Ink drawing; Maori chief.
  • 15) Pen & Ink drawing;
    Maori chief, 1912.
  • 16) Pen & Ink drawing; Maori chief.
  •  
  • GROUP FOUR:
  • 17) Lithograph;
    A Maori chief and prow of a war canoe.
  • 18) Lithograph;
    Maori war canoe, 1880.
  • 19) Pen & Ink drawing;
    Maori carving.
  •  

 

GROUP ONE

G Robley Postcard, Maori Hongi, Pen & Ink sketch — note written by Robley, -- LINK to larger image

Card (1):
Pen & Ink sketch;
— note written by Robley

Price: $500.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

G Robley Postcard, Pen & Ink sketch — Maori woman with moko

Card (2):
Pen & Ink sketch;
— Maori woman with moko

Price: $300.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

G Robley Postcard, Lithograph; Tomika te Mutu, chief of Ngai-te-Rangi, Tauranga

Card (3):
Lithograph;
Tomika te Mutu, chief of Ngai-te-Rangi, Tauranga

Price: $150.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

G Robley Postcard, Lithograph; Tomika te Mutu, chief of Ngai-te-Rangi, Tauranga

Card (4):
Lithograph;
Tomika te Mutu, chief of Ngai-te-Rangi, Tauranga

Price: $150.00 USD #C6D3D2
(Includes shipping)

GROUP TWO

G Robley Postcard, Card (5) — Lithograph; Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka; signed G. Robley

Card (5):
Lithograph;
Published by Iles, Rotorua
Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka
— signed G. Robley

Price: $50.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

G Robley Postcard, Card (6) — Photograph; Tutu Ngarahu; Published by Iles

Card (6):
Photograph;
Published by Iles, Rotorua
Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka
— Iles photographer

Price: $50.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

G Robley postcard, Card (7) — Photograph, Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka — Iles photographer

Card (7):
Photograph;

Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka
— Iles photographer

Price: $50.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

Card (8) G Robley postcard, Lithograph, Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka — Iles publisher

Card (8):
Lithograph;
Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka
— Iles publisher

Price: $150.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

G Robley postcard, Card (9), Lithograph; Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka — Iles publisher

Card (9):
Lithograph;
Tutu Ngarahu, Maori Haka
— Iles publisher

Price: $150.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

G Robley postcard, Card (10), Lithograph; Maori Haka -- LINK to larger image

Card (10):
Lithograph;
Maori Haka

Price: $150.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

GROUP THREE

Card (11) — G Robley postcard, Lithograph; Maori Tattooing

Card (11):
Lithograph;
Maori Tattooing

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

Card (12) — G Robley postcard, Lithograph; Maori carving

Card (12):
Lithograph;
Maori carving

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

Card (13) — G Robley Postcard, Maori chieftainess, 1912

Card (13):
Pen & Ink drawing;
Maori chieftainess, 1912

Price: $400.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

Card (14) — G Robley Postcard, Pen & Ink drawing; Maori chief

Card (14):
Pen & Ink drawing;
Maori chief

Price: $350.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

Card (15) — G Robley postcard, Maori chief, 1912

Card (15):
Pen & Ink drawing;
Maori chief, 1912

Price: $350.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

Card (16) — G Robley Postcard, Pen & Ink drawing, Maori chief

Card (16):
Pen & Ink drawing;
Maori chief

Price: $350.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

GROUP FOUR

Card (17) — Robley Postcard, Lithograph; Maori chief and prow of a war canoe

Card (17):
Lithograph;
Maori chief and prow of a war canoe

Price: $150.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

Card (18) — G Robley Postcard, Lithograph; Maori war canoe, 1880

Card (18):
Lithograph;
Maori war canoe, 1880

Price: $100.00 USD
(Includes shipping)

Card (19) — Robley Postcard, Pen & Ink drawing; Maori carving

Card (19):
Pen & Ink drawing;
Maori carving

Price: $350.00 USD
(Includes shipping)