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View of Marsland Hill from the north west with full moon rising in the south east. Barracks on top of hill with steps curving down and towards foreground. Charles Brown's grave in left foreground.

Marsland Hill provided the single most important European military establishment of the Taranaki Wars. First occupied in 1855, it provided the headquarters for Imperial troops and local forces in Taranaki until the Armed Constabulary period of the 1870s and 1880s. The site was a former pa, Pukaka, and to provide a sufficient platform for the barracks and stockade, twelve metres had to be removed from the top. The iron clad barrack buildings which were erected on top of the hill arrived from Melbourne on the "Alexander" in June 1855. Marsland Hill was at the centre of an extensive signaling system throughout the First Taranaki War and for part of the second war. Three or four canvas wicker balls were raised or lowered on the yards of a signaling mast. At its greatest extent the signaling system reached the Waitara River to the north and St George's Redoubt in the Tataraimaka Block to the south.
Accession No
A75.434

Small watercolour of Armed Constabulary's redoubt at Wai-iti from Papatiki (Bushranger's redoubt). Depicts collection of small buildings lower centre with column of smoke emitting from one of the buildngs. Redoubt positioned on flat land surrounded by hills - brown fern regrowth immediate foreground, large light green hill right background and distant blue hills left background. Small line of bush located to right of buildings - beginning lower middle right; larger patch of bush located to left of buildings - lower middle left.
Accession No
A58.491

View of the end of Pratt's sap, which was constructed during the seige of Hapurona's Pa, Te Arei (seen in the background) with further protective outwork on the left. Shown as it appeared on conclusion of fighting between the Maori defenders and British forces, 19 March 1861. Seated Maori figure with horse and rider on left side.
Accession No
A75.439

View of St George's Redoubt, Tataraimaka (former Tataraimaka Pa, later Crow's Nest) in middleground, Katikara Stream and the coast towards New Plymouth. Tents on flat by pa at right middleground. Flax bush bottom right corner.
Accession No
A65.900

The colours of the Taranaki Militia and Volunteers. Depicts a crown, crossed flags, name scrolls and "Waireka 1860".
Accession No
A90.424

Imperial troops disembarking the "H.M.V.S. Victoria" off the coast of New Plymouth. Two surfboats carrying soldiers in red coats are featured in the foreground. Both boats are chartered by men in blue and white suits (Navy?) and a large cask floats in the water to the left of the boat in the left corner. Men wearing both uniforms can be seen on board the "H.M.V.S. Victoria" which is flying the Union Jack from a staff at the rear of the boat. Several other ships, including the "Airedale", "George Henderson" and "Tasmanian Maid", are headed towards New Plymouth which is located near the centre left edge beneath Mt Taranaki/Egmont. The barracks on Marsland Hill is the main feature of the settlement. The Pouakai and Kaitake ranges, as well as the Sugar Loaf Islands, feature as part of the landscape profile.
Accession No
A65.882

Bushrangers Redoubt and camp "Papatiki" at the edge of the forest at Wai-iti, Pukearuhe District, 1871. Also known as "Capt. Messenger's Camp/Wai-iti". Redoubt centre middleground, cleared land in foreground (with solitary cow grazing), and camp lower right middleground. Bush clad hills in background.
Accession No
A58.490
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