Story: History of immigration

Jacky Guard’s pistol

Jacky Guard’s pistol

From the late 1820s some whalers began hunting right whales, rather than sperm whales, which required them to establish shore-based whaling stations. Among the earliest of these stations was that of the ex-convict John (Jacky) Guard at Port Underwood in the Marlborough Sounds. Te Papa has a magnificent collection of objects that belonged to the Guard family, including this pistol.

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - A growing settlement: 1825 to 1839', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015