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The letters relate to the surveying of the Waimate Plains and relate how Maori, under the guidance and leadership of Te Whiti and Tohu, moved the survey parties from the area in which they were working to the other side of the Waingongoro River.
Accession No
ARC2002-107

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A letter from Alan Buchanan to his mother, written while serving with the New Zealand Army in Fiji. The letter is dated March 1942. Envelope has NZEF cancellation and censor clearance. Also a stamp holder - souvenir from the NZ Centennial Exhibition 1940.
Accession No
ARC2002-112

Born in Gorey, Wexford, England, Edward Byrns served in the 57th regiment in the British Army seeing action in the Mediterranean, Crimea, Malta, Aden, East India and New Zealand.
Certificate of discharge for Private Edward Byrns, 57th Regiment of Foot. Signed at Te Awamutu and dated Aug 28 1866.
The certificate gives personal details
Accession No
ARC2002-117

Frederick Voitrekovsky, third child of Felix and Margaret, nee Reidy was born in Hawera in 1891. His father was Polish and his mother Irish. During World War I he served with the 1st Wellington Regiment (10/2786, 6th Reinforcements) in Gallipoli, Egypt, France and Germany. Following the war, he returned to Taranaki and married Florinda Louisa Journeaux of Hawera.
The name was changed from Voitrekovsky to Voitre. Other spellings include Wojciechowski and Voitrekofsky.
The collection consists of personal letters from Fred to Florinda prior to their marriage. They were engaged before Fred left for overseas and in one of the letters, Fred, believing he had now little to offer, releases Florinda from her pledge. The long distance romance continued and on his return, they were married.
The collection also includes letters from a French friend, misc postcards and photos.
Accession No
ARC2002-121

Name/Title
Captain Eliot Millar King was born in New Plymouth, the son of Newton King. He was a pilot in the Royal Naval Air Service, serving in the Mediterranean (Egypt and Syria) from 1914-1918. His actions during the war earned him the Distiguished Flying Cross, Croix de Guerre, 1914-1915 Star and Victory Medal. In peacetime a member of the firm Newton King Ltd, Eliot died in 1958.
The collection includes documents relating to his flying career and war service as well as albums of photographs taken by King in the Mediterranean. Some have been copied and are on photo file cards.
Accession No
ARC2002-128

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Josiah Flight was born in Devonshire in 1800 and came to New Zealand on the Timandra in 1842 with his wife Sarah Anne and child Anne (Annie). His two younger daughters Sarah and Katie were born in New Plymouth. Josiah was one of the first Justices of the Peace and was appointed Resident Magistrate and Coroner of the district in 1852. He is recorded as having land in Weekstown (now known as Strandon) on the corner of Nobs Line and Devon Road and later they were one of the first families to settle in the Bell Block area, near the Mangaoraka Stream.
The Flight family are credited with introducing the first sheep and European fruit to the new settlement.
The papers include two of Anne Flight's journals, June-July 1838 and Oct 1841-Oct 1842, Sarah Flight's journal, April 1862-March 1863, correspondence between various members of the family and fellow settlers, and genealogical notes.
Accession No
ARC2002-135

A noted Maori scholar, Walter Gudgeon was a member of the Wanganui Militia and later the Armed Constabulary. At the end of hostilities he was appointed Commisioner of Police and Judge of the Native Land Court.
The typescript is titled 'Incomplete records includes letters and documents concerning the 'White Cliff Massacre' and in particular a letter of confession by Henry Phillips.'
Accession No
ARC2002-156

A typescript story written by W.H. (Hugh) Ross about the colonial troops' attack on Te Ngutu o te Manu, the death of von Tempsky and others. Also biographical notes on Lt Colonel Thomas McDonnell, Titokowaru, Major Gustavus von Tempsky. Also includes speech notes made by Hugh Ross in 1978 at the site of Waihi Redoubt
Accession No
ARC2002-16

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Typed transcript of letters written from New Zealand by Hugh Ronalds and others 1853 - 1860. (73 p.)
The letters are very descriptive of life in New Zealand, and include letters describing the voyage of the ship Simlah to Auckland. The majority were written by Hugh to his family exhorting them to emigrate, others are by his brothers and sisters and were sent to members of the family remaining in England. They describe the land, people and difficulties they faced in settling in the new colony.
Accession No
ARC2002-161

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A poem entitled "The Poet's Dream most respectfully inscribed to His Honor Justice Richmond of the Supreme Court, Dunedin by J Cross. The poem was composed a short time previous to the treacherous murder of the escort by the Native race at Taranaki 1863" and tells of a man on a hill, looking down on to Dunedin and the describing the beauty around him. The scene then changes and he describes war in Taranaki with settler's houses being torched and people killed. There is also mention of the Volunteer troops and British Army under the command of Cameron.
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ARC2002-164

Pay Book for John Dungan who served with the Australian military forces. Also includes book of volumes: Notes on the Administration of Discipline on War Sevice, Basic Field Manual Soldier's Handbook, Field Service Pocket Book Pamphlet No. 1, Field Service Pocket Book Pamphlet No. 2, Field Service Pocket Book Pamphlet No. 3, Field Service Pocket Book Pamphlet No. 4.
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ARC2002-173

Oral history. Bob Dunlop began his working life in Newton Kings and went on to be a stock agent. He took up farming and other commercial interests. An active member of the National Party, he was appointed to the Taranaki Savings Bank Board where he rose to the position of chairman.
Bob Dunlop speaks to interviewer, Jim Hall about his life as a stock agent and serving on the Board of the Taranaki Savings Bank. This interview is part of the TSB Bank Project recorded by the Friends of the Taranaki Museum. Recorded at his home on March 13 2002, the interview is approximately 30 mins in duration.
Accession No
ARC2002-179

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This collection is the possible archival contents of a cloth bag mailed to Mr B. Jonas with the words 'Deceased soldier's kit' on outside, belonging to Donald Hugh Jonas.
Accession No
ARC2002-186

A register of certificates for Crown Grants to be issued to the Taranaki Military Settlers. Lists rank, name in full, date of enrolment and land issue details for companies No 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7. Also sections titled Staff, Militia Volunteers and Native Contingent.
Also two Taranaki Military Settler Land Orders made out in favour of William Whitcombe and Charles Douglas Whitcombe, both privates in No 2 Company
Accession No
ARC2002-189

Emily Harris, artist and teacher, arrived in New Plymouth in 1841 in the ship William Bryan with her parents, Edwin and Sarah (nee Hill), and brother and sister. The family ran schools in New Plymouth before moving to Nelson about 1860. In 1890 some of her paintings were issued in three parts of twelve plates each, 'New Zealand Flowers', 'New Zealand Berries' and 'New Zealand Ferns'.
The collection comprises letters to various members of the family (1860-1863), letters from her mother (1841) and Angus Dobson (1844) and a scrapbook with publications and original plant sketches. Her diaries (1885-1886) contain notes on social life and affairs in Nelson, on her work as an artist, and a visit to New Plymouth in 1890. A journal contains copies of correspondence for 1888.
Accession No
ARC2002-190

A record of discharges from Imperial troops while in New Zealand. Includes those serving in the 12th Regiment; 14th Regiment; 18th Battalion; 40th Regiment; 43rd Regiment; 57th Regiment; 58th Foot; 65th Foot; 68th Regiment; 70th Regiment; Royal Artillery; Royal Engineers.
The information includes name, regiment, date of application, date of discharge, character and is some cases comments.
Accession No
ARC2002-199

The Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles began with the formation of the Taranaki Militia and Wanganui Cavalry Volunteers in 1860, and in September 1864 the Alexandra Troops were entered on the Army Lists. The Regiment existed until 1944 when it amalgamated with the Manawatu Mounted Rifles and the Wellington East Coast Mounted Rifles to form the 2nd N.Z. Armoured Regiment based at Palmerston North.
The records comprise a manuscript history (1895-1947) by Lt-Col. B.W.H. Smart, used as a basis for the published history by E.R. Andrews, 'Kiwi Trooper' (1967); files of accounts and correspondence, 1922-40, and records of the 2nd Composite Mounted Rifles Regiment's camps, 1938 and 1939, and manuscript reminiscences of troop members in both world wars (some extracts appear in 'Kiwi Trooper').
Accession No
ARC2002-20

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An airgraph (aerogram) message from Doug Dobson to his friend Andy Lambert of Inglewood. Sent while Doug was serving with the 2nd NZEF in Europe.
Accession No
ARC2002-223

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"Mr G. Clampitt's account of the skirmish at Nukumaru when Capt Shaw ... gained the VC"
Clampitt describes following Capt Shaw into the pa and carrying out Connolly who had been injured. He also mentions other soldiers who accompanied them - Kearns, Graham and Brandon.
Accession No
ARC2002-254

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Born in 1846, in Londonderry, Ireland, James Charlton served in the British Army as a gunner with the Royal Artillery. He enlisted in April 1846 and after a distinguished service, took his discharge in New Zealand on October 10 1864 with the intention of living in New Plymouth.
The collection consists of certificates relating to James Charlton's discharge from the Imperial troops, including notification of his pension. Also a deed concerning a town section on the corner of Hobson and Courtenay Streets, New Plymouth owned by James and his wife Amelia (nee Ibbotson).
Accession No
ARC2002-257

Transcript copies of his diaries containing a daily account of his life and work between 1865-1885. Included in the diaries are various accounts of and references to the events and people of Taranaki's early European history. The original diary is believed to have been lost in a flood at Waitara.
Accession No
ARC2002-261

Frederick Watson, son of F.H. Watson, of Bulls (and great-grandson of Josiah and Ann Flight), was educated at Christchurch Boys High (1904-1906?) and Canterbury College (1907-1908?). On leaving school he entered the Lands and Survey Department, Wellington (1908), and was later transferred to Auckland (1909?).
Having joined the Auckland Infantry 2nd Lieutenant F.W.Watson, 12/1020, was M.I.D. from Gallipoli (December 1915) and was awarded the D.C.M. for the action at Chunuk Bair, 7 August 1915. He joined the Machine Gunners in January 1917 and was killed at the battle of Messines (France) on 7 July 1917, aged twenty-six years.
The papers consist of letters to members of his family 1906-1917, including those while on active service, diaries 1908-1912, and associated ephemera.
Accession No
ARC2002-276

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Soldier's pay book for Wilfred Clayton who served with the Otago Infantry, Division 6. He enlisted on 19/4/1915, aged 26 years and was sent to Trentham for training before going overseas in September 1915. He was killed in action 31.7.1916
Accession No
ARC2002-280

Frederick Watson, son of F.H. Watson, of Bulls, was educated at Christchurch Boys High and Canterbury College On leaving school he entered the Lands and Survey Department, Wellington (1908), and was later transferred to Auckland (1909?).
He joined the Auckland Infantry 2nd Lieutenant F.W.Watson, 12/1020, was mentioned in despatches from Dardanelles (December 1915) and was awarded the D.C.M at the Dardanelles on 16 January 1916. He joined the Machine Gunners in January 1917 and was killed at the battle of Messines (France) in June 1917, aged twenty-six years.
Photocopy of a letter to Mr Lambert from F. W. Watson, while in Port de Koubbeh Hospital, 7 Sept. 1915, describing the death of Roy Lambert during the battle for The Nek ( 5-7 August 1915), part of a diversion in support of New Zealand ANZACs and their attack on Chunuk Bair.
Accession No
ARC2002-305

W.J. B. Paton was a Jersey Cattle breeder, farming at Sentry Hill. He was Corporal (062663) in the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force during World War Two.
The papers include various certificates of award and merits for horticultural and agricultural shows, some military papers and family letters.
Accession No
ARC2002-312
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