"C. W. Broughton, Murdered by Hauhaus, Patea Oct. 1865"
Copy photograph of a studio portrait of Charles William Broughton, interpreter to the Armed Constabulary Forces, killed at Kākaramea pā, north west of Pātea, on 1 October 1865. He was originally buried where his body was found by the Pātea River but was re-interred in the Patea Public Cemetery in 1937. There is a memorial to Charles in the grounds of Christ Church, Whanganui erected by fellow officers. Charles' original surname was Firth but he changed it to Broughton in 1851 before arriving in New Zealand on the "William Hyde" with his parents and siblings. Charles had relationships with Miriama Taurua, Hereora Taueki and possibly one other woman, fathering at least 7 children.
The photograph is a bust portrait and shows Broughton wearing a jacket and waistcoat. He has a beard. The photograph is included on page 11 of William Francis Robert Gordon's album "Some "Soldiers of the Queen" who served in the Maori Wars and Other Notable Persons Connected Herewith".
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Charle's original surname was Firth but the family suddenly changed the surname to Broughton in 1851 before arriving in New Zealand. Charles and his younger brother to not came to New Zealand on the "William Hyde" in 1851/1852 as did the rest of the family of parents and 4 siblings. Charles had relationships with at least two Maori or part Maori women, Miriama Taurua and Hereora Taueki plus the possibility of a 3rd unknown woman. He was the father of at least 7 children. His body was originally buried, where it was found, on the bank of the Patea River in October 1865 and re-interred in the Patea Public Cemetery in 1937. There is a memorial to Charles in the grounds of Christ Church, Whanganui, erected by fellow officers.
- Quentin Green posted 2 years ago.