This engraving appeared in an English magazine in November 1868, captioned ‘A fresh war in New Zealand: capture of a native stronghold by a British force’. The paper was correct that a new war had broken out, with an attack by Tītokowaru’s men on the redoubt of Turuturumōkai; but it was quite wrong to describe the next engagement, pictured here, as ‘capture of a native stronghold’. The scene was Te Ngutu-o-te-manu, the home village of Tītokowaru, and the attack was led by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas McDonnell. A previous expedition, on 12–13 August, had failed to capture the pā, and this attack on 21 August also failed when the weather deteriorated. A final attempt on 7 September 1868 resulted in a clear victory for Tītokowaru.
Using this item
Alexander Turnbull Library
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.
Add new comment