Tiraha (Eliza) Cook; 97/446


Russell Museum Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka


Tiraha (Eliza) Cook

About this object

B & w copy print 10x15cm. Subject: Tiraha (Eliza) Cook Photographer: Sparrow, Auckland. Photofile no. 1806. See RMN78 for original.


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Michael Littlewood 09 Sep 2017 00:03 AM,UTC

Iam a descendant of Tiraha William Cook l would appreciate any photos or information that you may have. Kindest regards Carol Smith

Michael Littlewood 16 May 2016 13:17 PM,UTC

For Richard Watson

I have a lot of information on the William and Tiraha Cook family and, in particular, Jane and Francis Creighton as I also claim that line. If you want to write to me, my email address is michael.littlewood@auckland.ac.nz.

Richard Watson 25 Mar 2015 08:53 AM,UTC

Kia ora,
We are also descendants of William and Tirana on Jane Cook's side who married Creighton. I would appreciate copies of any photo etc that anyone has as my children and grandchildren are keen for more information.

Richard Watson

Shelley Arlidge 22 Apr 2014 21:04 PM,UTC

Kia ora James,

I had a quick look through our museum files after reading your post. We have some information on Amelia Cook and Gilbert Melancthon Wheeler which might be helpful for you. Gilbert and Amelia married 27 March 1862 in Russell. After Gilbert died at sea Amelia remarried James Bloomfield in 1872. Amelia and her sister Agnes both died from tuberculosis within a month of each other in 1876. Amelia was then at her parents' house at Waikare. Both sisters are apparently buried in the same grave at Russell.So far I don't know where that is. Email me if you'd like more info about what we have in our archives on your ancestors or if you'd like us to research this a bit more for you. curator@russellmuseum.org.nz
Maybe you could add in a side trip to Russell next time you come up to Kohukohu! Nga mihi, na Shelley Arlidge. Curator, Russell Museum.

James Kerr 17 Apr 2014 19:47 PM,UTC

Hi, Folks,

Like you all, I also am a descendent of Tirah and William Cook. There seems to be a few of us, doesn't there? My lineage goes (from top to bottom): William and Tiraha Cook, Amelia Cook (who married a yank whaler named Gilbert Melancthon Wheeler, who had a sone also of the same name, who had a daughter Amelia Wheeler, who married Robert Alexander Ker from Christchurch, who had my father, Thomas Noel Ker, and so on.

My grandparents settled near Kohukohu in the Hokianga, and my brother Tom and I routinely go up there to tend my grandfather's grave in Kohukohu. My grandmother (Amelia Wheeler) and her parents are all buried on Otahuhu Cemetary in Auckland.

If anyone knows where Tiraha and William Cook's daughter Amelia Wheeler (who married the Yank whaler) is buried, I would much appreciate it as she is the only one we can't find.

Let's all keep talking.


Jim Kerr

Shelley Arlidge 30 May 2011 23:07 PM,UTC

Kia ora Marc, and others. I too am a descendant of William and Tiraha, and now curator at Russell Museum; we are still hoping for another image to turn up, perhaps with her moko showng more clearly. These glimpses of our past are so tantalising...

Marc Veldhuisen 27 May 2011 10:02 AM,UTC

i am one of the many decendants with a copy of this photo.
i was unaware of a moko but i would be very keen to see a copy of it

Dawn Barry 17 Jan 2011 22:55 PM,UTC

I am another descendant of Tiraha & William. I would love to get a copy of the other photo of her mentioned.(I have the head & shoulders only of the one shown here). I am an artist planning an exhibition and would like to paint her with moko. I believe it was similar to that of Tamati Waka nene's?

Marsha Davis 02 Dec 2009 23:47 PM,UTC

Kia ora. Thanks for your question. Yes, this is Tiraha. I understand what you mean by the moko. I examined the original closely and there are faint marks to be seen on her chin. I suggest the moko is there but not showing because the light may have washed it out. The provenance with the photograph is reliable.
I am also a descendant of Tiraha. In my work as curator I have met other descendants researching Tiraha and the Cook family. Most have copies of this photograph. I wonder, can we swap copies of our photographs? It would be great to have another photograph of her. Kind Regards.

Lee Barlow 24 Nov 2009 17:10 PM,UTC

I am a descendent of Tiraha Cook and an old family photo of her when she is quite aged, shows her with moko. The lady in this picture as far as I can see, has an unmarked chin so I am not sure this is really her.



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