An iron cannonball fired from the HMS Eclipse as part of the bombardment on Porou Pa, near the Katikara River. The cannonball has " KATIKARA / 32 LBS " painted on to its surface in white lettering. Some of the lettering has faded, particularly on the " 32 LBS ' section, but is still readable. The surface of the cannonball is pitted, with larger indentations alongside the smaller pits. The cannonball is dark red in colour, and the surface is quite shiny, particularly on the side opposite to the white lettering. This may be because the surface has been oiled at some point to protect the cannonball from rusting, although this is uncertain.
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Grey took this as an opportunity to reignite war in the region, with military commander Cameron and 870 troops attacking Porou Pa. The HMS Eclipse provided covering fire. 28 Maori were killed and later buried in a mass grave, now commemorated on the site.
The cannonball was collected by the farmer who owned the land, and he stored all the cannonballs he collected in a pyramid on his verandah. Edward Leslie Hughes asked if he could have this one for his won collection. In 2014 it was donated to the Puke Ariki collection by Hughes' daughter.
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