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Boulcott's stockade, 1846

Boulcott's stockade, 1846

This painting shows the stockade at Boulcott's farm on the east 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 from 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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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-081-002
Watercolour by George Hyde Page

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Wellington and Whanganui wars, 1846–1848', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2021)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017