These charts are fascinating examples of early mapping and are wonderfully detailed, with volcanic cones sometimes looking like puffs of smoke. They are accessible via the Heritage Images database and copies of the charts are available to be purchased from Sir George Grey Special Collections.
|Ref: NZ Map 3908a, Auckland Harbour, 1848-1855, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: NZ Map 2560, Kaipara Harbour, 1852, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
According to Te Ara, 250 sheets of fair tracings had been sent to the British Admiralty for inclusion into charts by 1855. Amazingly, as recently as 1969, one or two charts which were created by Stokes and his officers were still in use.