Painting, Watercolour, Mataura Paper Mill, 1885; Best; 1885; MT2012.15.1


Mataura Museum


Painting, Watercolour, Mataura Paper Mill, 1885

About this object

A framed water colour depicting the Mataura Paper Mill in 1885. The Mataura Paper Mill is in the foreground; across on the west bank of the Mataura River is the Mataura Flour Mill. The Mataura River and Mataura Falls are in the centre of the image. The background shows as yet, undeveloped land.

The painting is very similar to a 1889 photograph we have of the Mataura Paper Mill (refer to MT2011.185.58).



Maker Role


Date Made


Medium and Materials

processed material, paper
organic, vegetal, wood

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Inscription and Marks

Bottom left hand corner: 'Best 1885'.




h 500mm x w 720mm x d 20mm

Subject and Association Keywords

industry/mataura paper mill

Subject and Association Keywords

mataura river

Subject and Association Keywords

mataura falls (Te Au Nui)

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type

art work

Object number


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