Story: Whanganui region

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John Gilfillan

Four members of settler John Gilfillan’s family were killed at their isolated farmhouse near Whanganui in April 1847 by a raiding party. Gilfillan is seen here with a woman who was probably his daughter, in Melbourne, Victoria, around 1855.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tesla Studios Collection (PAColl-3046)
Reference: 1/2-070343;G
Photograph by Batchelder & Co.

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - European settlement, 1840–1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 1 Jun 2015