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Australian servicemen at Kaitake, around 1864

Australian servicemen at Kaitake, around 1864

New Zealand was, in the 1860s, the first overseas theatre of war in which Australian soldiers fought. Many accepted the offer of free land once their term of service was over. In 1864 members of a militia recruited in Australia were manning the redoubt at Kaitake, near New Plymouth.

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John Wilson, 'Australians - Sheep farmers, gold miners, soldiers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Mar 2015