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Leather bound diary that once belonged to George Maxwell, settler, farmer, and member of the militia during the Taranaki Wars. Diary is more like a ledger book with vertical lines in the inside pages. Metal clasps on the front and back covers.
A copy of his diary sixteen years after migrating to New Zealand and gives a day-to-day account of life. There are additional notes regarding family history, which were compiled by David Harrop, New Plymouth for the Valantine- Maxwell Reunion in Dunedin 1988.
Accession No
ARC2003-535

Name/Title
The Bomb Disposal Unit in New Plymouth in World War II.
Mrs. Naylor describes the involvement of her husband, Dick, in the New Zealand Engineering Corp's Bomb Disposal Unit. He was declared unfit for service overseas and trained as an engineer in Wellington, returning to New Plymouth as a Lieutenant. The narrative describes setting up a Bomb Disposal Unit in New Plymouth and a mine washed up on rocks near the New Plymouth Railway Station. Mrs. Naylor acted as the Unit's secretary.
Accession No
ARC2003-602

Name/Title
A letter written in German, signed 'Hans, a prisoner of war'. It is addressed to Fraulein Elise Klein in Germany and the address of the Prisoner of War Camp is No 9 Brit Pris of War Camp, France, Care of G P O London England. The letter is marked as deliver 'BY BALLOON'.
Accession No
ARC2003-603

Copy of Certificate of Discharge from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force dated 21 July 1919. Certificate No 55978.
Accession No
ARC2003-604

New Zealand Times 'Extra' 5 November 1881 regarding military action at Parihaka, 21 x 12.5cm. On reverse handwritten account in verse regarding the action at Parihaka.
Accession No
ARC2003-633

Issues 1-5, March - November 1901. Issues 8-16, September 1902 - March 1905. Issues 33-34, August 1912 and January 1913.
Accession No
ARC2003-645

Name/Title
A certificate of discharge from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Gives a physical description of Lance Corporal Nicol, length of service etc. and military number. 1919
Accession No
ARC2003-697

Name/Title
A Taranaki Military Settler's Land Order at Mataitawa for William Nicholl, dated 13 February 1867.
Accession No
ARC2003-698

A collection of minute books and correspondence files. The Minute books provide a record that includes notices of motions, committee proceedings etc from 21 September 1859 - 25 September 1964 and 12 October 1864 - 20 June 1867.
The other papers include three files of correspondence from the Superintendent's Office and a collection of papers relating to the evacuation of refugees to Nelson.
Accession No
ARC2003-713

A World War I diary and transcript which includes excerpts from the book Anzac Diary : a nonentity in Khaki by N.M. Ingram. Treharne Publishers, [1987] alongside the diary entries of Arnold Fieldes and copies of Fieldes' military record.
Born in Manaia in 1897, Arnold Fieldes, Regimental no. 69543 enlisted in 1917 in the Wellington Reserve Battalion, 35th NZ Regiment and was discharged in September 1919. Fieldes also served in the New Zealand Forces during the World War II, Regimental No. 515315 and was posted for a time to the Prisoner of War (POW) camp at Featherston. He died in 1972.
Accession No
ARC2003-715

Name/Title
Military papers of Major E. K. Parry, Australian Imperial Force. 1916 - 1919
Accession No
ARC2003-736

Booklet. 'Victor Richard Pennington 1897 - 1980. A diary describing a 19-year-old Taranaki boy going to war. He writes of life in the trenches.
The diary was transferred from the original by his granddaughter, Laurel Aitken. She has added a postscript to the diary and briefly informs the reader of Victor's life after he returned from the war. This limited edition was distributed amongst family members as a Christmas present from Laurel 1996.
Accession No
ARC2003-747

A collection of attainment certificates from the Royal Hospital School, Greenwich. Testimonial from H.M. Dockyard, Chatham and a certificate of discharge from the Royal Airforce 1921 for Sidney H. Nicholls of Chestnut Rd, Plymouth.
Accession No
ARC2003-748

The records consist of salary papers, in the form of Treasury vouchers for a group of policemen of the Opunake - Hawera Police, that included a number of Maori enlisted with the rank of Private. Signatures of individuals on vouchers.
Included is one land purchase deed and two land purchase / takoha compensation claims.
Accession No
ARC2003-775

A council paper printed by the Government of the Province of Wellington. Letters from Alfred Domett, F.D. Bell, Walter Mantell and Matara regarding the ambush of a party from the 57th Regiment, 4 May 1863 while on the road between Omata and Tataraimaka.
Accession No
ARC2003-776

A compilation of documents on Taranaki land purchases from Maori extracted from the Appendices to the Journals of the New Zealand House of Representatives (AJHR) 1860 - 1867. Taranaki portion of Maori deeds of land purchases in the North Island of New Zealand : (copied from the originals). Wellington : Govt. Printer, 1877-1878. A copy of a letter written by Mary E. Richmond 'Title to Waitara Lands'. Undated. Published letters from George St. George, Fred A. Carrington, regarding the sale of land at Waitara Township of Raleigh, 1867. Letters from Nepean Kenny, H. E. Kenny and Hone Pihama regarding disturbances at Waitara AJHR, 1878.
Accession No
ARC2003-778

A collection of papers including newspaper clippings of marriage and death notices of the Shaw and Richards families.
Accession No
ARC2003-784

A published letter, dated 11 April 1860, originally intended for publication in the newspapers, but found to be too long. Privately published by 'Fair Play'. The letter discusses the Battle of Waireka, 28 March 1860, and the remarks of a correspondent identified as 'M'.
Digital transcription available.
Accession No
ARC2003-799

Name/Title
Copy of two letters written by M W Shaws (sp?) from 'Camp Taranaki' to George Davies, Healsville, near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Accession No
ARC2003-815

On the 11 August 1855, the Taranaki Militia was sworn in, this remained as a force in name only until 1858 when the Taranaki Volunteer Rifle Corps was formed.
The records include a quartermaster's cashbook, (1868-1873); letterbook, (March-December 1860); record and order book, (March 1859- February 1860); letterbooks, (January 1861-December 1862, April- Sept. 1864, November 1881-March 1891); memoranda books, (May 1861- January 1863, August 1865-1869); a book of military despatches, (August 1863-May 1865); order book, (July 1868-October 1873); sick report books (May-November 1863, December 1864-April 1866), which contain correspondence with the military hospital; quarterly pay-list printed forms with manuscript entries.
Sick Report volumes 1863 - 1866 used for the creation of the Index of Names card index located in the Taranaki Research Centre.
Accession No
ARC2003-840

The 57th Regiment of the British Army was stationed at New Plymouth from 1861 to 1865. The Garrison was located on Marsland Hill, some Officers and Soldiers were billeted within the town of New Plymouth.
The records include defaulters' books (July 1863-March 1865); letterbook (November 1863-March 1865); order books (November 1860-July 1864); quartermaster's letterbook (August 1863-May 1865).
The information from these books was used to form the Taranaki Index of Names, a card index of Taranaki Families.
Accession No
ARC2003-863

Materials relating to the death sentance of Hori Teira, who was found guilty of the New Zealand Wars 'murder' of Dr Hope at the ambush at Wairau near Tataraimaka. This sentence was latter commuted to life with hard labour and latter still, Hori Teira was released.
Accession No
ARC2004-1005

The letter (1 sheet folded), written in Maori from Mere Paea Te Hunga Kura to her brother Hapate Huiroa. The letter begins 'Kura Taupiri, April 12 1860'. The remenants of red sealing wax evident on facing page.
A transcription was made by Wai Uatuku September 1993, is included in the collection.
Accession No
ARC2004-1006

A 1916 cadastral map of the Waitara Survey District includes smaller detailed insets of area maps from within the Survey District. Annotations in red ink marking locations where Victoria Cross recipients gained the award during New Zealand Wars 1863 - 1872.
Scale: 40 chain to 1 inch. Size: 42cm x 51cm
Accession No
ARC2004-1420

A 1938 cadastral map of the Waitara Survey District includes smaller detailed insets of area maps from within the Survey District. Annotations in pencil and red ink noting location and distances between the Kairau redoubts during New Zealand Wars 1863 - 1872.
Scale: 40 chain to 1 inch. Size: 42cm x 51cm
Accession No
ARC2004-1421
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