Special Guest

A few days ago, Stefanie Jovanovic-Kruspel had a visit from a very special guest:

It was Dr. Kahu McClintock, the great-great-granddaughter of Rerehau Te Whanonga Hemara, who came to Vienna in 1859 within the context of the Novara expedition. Rerehau and Wiremu Toetoe Tumohe, two Maori from the Waikato tribe, had volunteered to join the expedition on the Novara. During their stay in Vienna (Sept. 1859 - May 1860) the two men were trained in the printing craft at the Imperial and Royal Court and State Printing House.
Ferdinand von Hochstetter was among those who looked after the two Maori during their visit in Vienna.
On 16 February 1860, the two Maori were received by Emperor Francis Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. When they left Vienna at the end of May together with Ferdinand von Hochstetter to travel back to New Zealand via London, they were presented a printing press including all necessary accessories as a gift. This printing press (manufactured by Hopkinson & Cope) served to print the first newspaper of the tribe with the title Te Hokioi (a mythical bird of prey).
At the Natural History Museum Vienna, Dr. McClintock and her daughter met the descendants of Ferdinand von Hochstetter. The high point and conclusion of their visit was a tour of Hochstetter’s estate. The estate contains Maori letters to Hochstetter as well as photographs of Rerehau Te Whanonga Hemara and Wiremu Toetoe Tumohe, thus documenting the close relationship between Hochstetter and the Maori.

© NHM Vienna, Hischam Momen