A drawing by J T Stewart who was the District Engineer of the Public Works Department. Drawing shows construction of the road through the Manawatu Gorge. Entitled "Manawatu Gorge. Commencement of Road - looking up Gorge from westward", and is signed J T S May 1871. The drawing is in pencil and water colour. Drawn on paper measuring 19.5 x 17 cm, and held in an unvarnished wooden frame.