Story: City history and people

Hamilton West

Hamilton West

Hamilton was founded in 1864 as a British military base during the New Zealand wars. Its chief purpose was to stop hostile Māori travelling up the Waikato River towards Auckland. Redoubts were built on elevated sites on both sides of the river, and settlements developed below. A punt – shown in this 1866 photo of the west bank – connected the two sides.

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How to cite this page:

David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - Types of towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23497/hamilton-west (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010