Story: Despard, Henry

A sketch of Ruapekapeka pa, 11 January 1846, by Cyprian Bridge

A sketch of Ruapekapeka pa, 11 January 1846, by Cyprian Bridge

When British troops under the command of Colonel Henry Despard stormed Ruapekapeka pa on 11 January 1846 they found it virtually abandoned, but were drawn into an ambush nearby.

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How to cite this page:

J. A. B. Crawford. 'Despard, Henry', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990, updated August, 2020. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1d9/despard-henry (accessed 16 October 2021)