George Page’s painting shows the stockade at Boulcott’s farm on the eastern side of the Hutt River after the engagement of 16 May 1846. Local Māori had been challenging settler occupation of Hutt Valley land. After a series of skirmishes, the first major encounter occurred here when Māori, led by the Whanganui chief Tōpine Te Mamaku, made a surprise attack on a British post which had been established at a settler’s farm. The painting shows the graves of soldiers of the 58th Regiment who lost their lives in the attack. The site is now occupied by the Boulcott’s Farm Heritage Golf Club.
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Watercolour by George Hyde Page
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