The First Taranaki War

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The First Taranaki War

Postby Mark » 17 Mar 2014 20:59

Today is the 154th anniversary of the beginning of the First Taranaki War fought between British and Māori forces in New Zealand. The New Zealand / Māori Wars are often forgotten by many British historians today but they are a very interesting aspect of shared British and New Zealand history. More information can be found on the New Zealand History Online web site.

Can anyone suggest further reading on this and other New Zealand Wars?

Please feel free to discuss any aspect of the First Taranaki War below.

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Re: The First Taranaki War

Postby Josh&Historyland » 18 Mar 2014 00:40

To Face the Daring Maori's by Barthorpe is a great book about the 1st NZ war

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Re: The First Taranaki War

Postby colsjt65 » 18 Mar 2014 09:32

To Face the Daring Maori's by Barthorpe is a great book about the 1st NZ war

That was the war in the north - Bay of Islands 1845 -Jan 46, Wellington 1846 and Wanganui 1847.

The 1st Taranaki War was 17 March 1860 - 20 March 1861 in Taranaki on the North Island's west coast, in particular over disputed ownership of land 'sold' at Waitara, just north of New Plymouth.
It was significant in that when they started fighting the British wore red shell jackets in battle, and the RA were using smooth bore and ended with them wearing blue Indian pattern serge frocks and the RA were using Armstrong guns.

There are several contemporary books on the subject, many available online:

Incidents of the Maori War, Maj. Gen. Sir James Alexander, Richard Bentley, London, 1863
The New Zealand Wars and the Pioneering Period, Vol. 1, 1845 - 64, James Cowan, 1923
Memorials of Sergt W. M. Marjouram R. A., ed. Segt W. White, London, 1862.
Narrative of the Late War in New Zeal, Robert Carey, 1863.
The war in Taranaki, during the years 1860-61, William Grayling 1862
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Re: The First Taranaki War

Postby mike snook » 18 Mar 2014 10:13

Barthorp [no 'e'].

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Re: The First Taranaki War

Postby Mark » 18 Mar 2014 22:51

Thanks for the book suggestions! I think I grew into the Victorian period as a teenager reading Barthorp's books. I have much to thank him for - indeed in a way this forum is thanks to him also.

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