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Camp Waitara, 1860

Camp Waitara, 1860

When the Te Āti Awa chief Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitāke refused to allow land at Waitara to be sold to the government, British troops occupied the land. War was the result. On the disputed land, the British built their Camp Waitara, shown in this 1860 watercolour. The main battles in the first Taranaki war were fought in the area. Later in the 1860s, the main fighting occurred in the Waikato and elsewhere in Taranaki.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-032-008
Watercolour by J. McCarthy

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John Wilson, 'History - War, expansion and depression', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Apr 2020