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A rusted broad axe head. It has two white paper labels stuck to the central area of the blade. " To be donated to the Tara[ paper loss]ki / Museum " is handwritten in blue ink on a white paper label affixed to the central area of the blade. " Rangi --gakau ---------- [paper loss] / Reputed to have killed Von Tempski / Donated by Elyah Robinson / Normanby (possibly - handwriting is unclear) " is handwritten in blue ink on the other paper label.
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This axe head is said to have been used to kill Gustavus von Tempsky at the battle of Te Ngutu o te Manu in 1868. However there is no hard evidence supporting this claim and it appears to be very dubious. A large mythology has grown up around von Tempsky's death and there are numerous artefacts scattered around the country said to have been associated with it.
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