Medal, New Zealand Long and Efficient Service
A New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal. The silver plated medal features an imperial crown with a crossed sword and sceptre on the obverse. " N. Z. " is marked below this design The design is flanked by a wreath of oak leaves and wattle. Four stars, representing the Southern Cross, are spaced in the field. " FOR / LONG SERVICE / AND / GOOD CONDUCT " is marked on the reverse. " 105 1/6 PRIV THOMAS HICKMAN P.M " is marked on the edge. It is attached to a crimson ribbon with two central white stripes and is attached to a simple suspension ring. It is mounted as part of a medal group of three.
Thomas Hickman served in the Wellington Rangers during Tītokowaru's War and then joined the Armed Constabulary on 9 October 1868 and was posted to Pātea and Kai Iwi before going to the East Coast in 1869 in the campaigns surrounding Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki. After being posted to Tauranga and Taupō he returned to Taranaki and was stationed at Pukearuhe, New Plymouth and Ōkato. He was present at the invasion of Parihaka on 5 November 1881 and was transferred to Opunake in 1885. He was appointed the Armed Constabulary's "race relations expert" and dealt with Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi of Parihaka extensively. See: Sherwood Young. 'Hickman, Thomas - Hickman, Thomas', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 30-Oct-2012