Chamber of Commerce Banner 1900
Chamber of Commerce Banner 1900: Oil on canvas banner. Subject is Gisborne and its produce in 1869. Commissioned by James Whinray and painted by FFC Huddleston. Illustrating turn-of-the century ideals from the perspective of the European settlers, the banner demonstrates their great pride in the changes they had brought to the region. The banner illustrates how the bush was being conquered to make way for farm and railway. There is a "Horn of Plenty" overflowing with agricultural and pastoral produce. The Turanganui rivermouth had been tamed with a breakwater, to aid shipping. There are also cameo appearances by leaders of the day, including Sir James Carroll.
Maker and role
Frank Huddleston (New Zealand, b.1846, d.1922): Artist
James Whinray: Commissioner
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