New Zealand Art, Forgotten Histories


Low stock: 0 items left

In 1872 a ship sailed into Wellington Harbour flying the dreaded yellow flag: smallpox was aboard. This began an intriguing and sad new history for Matiu Island.

If you’ve ever driven along the Wellington motorway, you’ve driven past Matiu Island. My boy is fascinated with the Island. Together we started learning its history and that would eventually become the inspiration for this artwork.

Previously an idyllic picnic destination, the island was transformed into a quarantine camp. For 42 years the island remained a place where people were cast out from society and sent to die.

In 1914 the island extended its hospitality to those considered ‘enemy aliens’. People deemed enemies of the state were rounded up and incarcerated there. The same would happen again in 1945, though not before a man was held there in 1937 under suspicion of creating a ‘death ray’.

‘Forgotten Histories’ is a tribute to the dozens of people that lost their lives in the untamed solitude that was Matiu Island. May they forever find the peace in death that eluded them in life.

This is 5000x5000px square print, printable up to 40x40cm or 16x16inches. 



  • Instant access to gallery-quality digital art file of this original art print
  • 1 high-resolution (300dpi), gallery-quality file in PNG format. Printable up to 40x40cm or 16x16inches. 


We guarantee encrypted and secure payment via all major credit cards.


Every artwork is supplied at 300DPI gallery quality high resolution. For every artwork, unless otherwise stated, you will receive at least two print sizes, metric and imperial (cm and inches).

This way, no matter where you live you'll always be able to find a frame to fit.

Download & Delivery

This is a digital item and no physical artwork will be shipped. Immediately after payment your files will be available to download. You will also be sent an email with a link so you can access and download your file(s) later.


You can print your wall art at home, but we recommend professional printing services using archival inks and matte paper between 200-300gsm. This will ensure your print never fades, the colours pop and you get the most from our gallery quality art files.

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review

Your walls will thank you!

Original art prints and posters at affordable prices.

Unique & Original Art

Carefully curated wall art, designed by us and exclusive to Studio Pacific Art

High Quality

Affordable wall art made to gallery quality standards. We've lowered the price, but never the quality.

Download Immediately

Delivered to you without waiting, wherever you are in the world. Download. Print. Frame. Enjoy!