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Police magistrate hearing an accusation of murder

Police magistrate hearing an accusation of murder

Police Magistrate William Symonds (at left, with walking stick) listens as Ngāti Apakura chief Te Waru accuses his daughter, standing beside him, of murder. This scene took place at Waipā, in Waikato, in 1841.

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Richard S. Hill, 'Police - The earliest police forces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/33840/police-magistrate-hearing-an-accusation-of-murder (accessed 22 May 2019)

Story by Richard S. Hill, published 20 Jun 2012