William Newland (1839-1919) was two years old when his family came to New Zealand on the ship Amelia Thompson in 1841. Raised in New Plymouth, he joined the militia and became a lieutenant in the Patea Bushrangers. He later took up farming in the Wairoa and Patea areas. He died on 21 April 1919 and is buried in the Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth.
These reminiscences give an account of the New Zealand Land Wars. They are separated into various sections. J. Stronge, in biographical notes on the reverse of a copy of the transcript of the Siege of Pipiriki, surmises that the reminiscences were transcribed by a relative of Captain Newland, as some of the narrative is in the first person and some in the third person.
Manuscript, Book 1. The siege of Pipiriki, 1865. Describes hostilities on the Whanganui River between March 1865 and August 1865 as part of the Campaign on the West Coast, North Island against Titokowaru.
Manuscript, Book 2. A continuation of the Campaign on the West Coast, North Island against Titokowaru. Expedition to Turanganui, Poverty Bay.
Manuscript, Book 3. Fight at Okutuku or Moturoa, inland of Waverley or Wairoa, 1868. Expedition to Turanganui, Poverty Bay, 1868 continued. Te Wairoa, Hawkes Bay
Manuscript, Book 4. Expeditionary Force, Opotiki, East Coast, Bay of Plenty, Sept. 1865.
Manuscript, Book 5. Campaign on the West Coast, North Island. Slightly different from that written in Book 1 and 2.
Folder 1. Typescript of Book 1. Siege at Pipiriki 1865. Plus two carbon-copies. Photocopy of typescript with annotations and biographical information by J. Stronge.
Folder 2. Typescript of Book 2. The Campaign of the West Coast against Titokowaru. Plus two carbon-copies of typescripts.
Folder 3.Typescript of Book 3. Fight at Okutuku or Moturoa inland of Waverley or Wairoa. Plus photocopy of typescript.
Folder 4. Typescript Book 4. Expeditionary Force, Opotiki East Coast, Bay of Plenty, September 1865. Plus carbon-copy of transcript.
Folder 5. Typescript, Book 4. Expeditionary Force to Turanganui, Poverty Bay, 1868. Plus carbon-copies of typescript.
Folder 6. Typescript. Cyclostyled typescript recopied September 1965. Siege of Pipiriki, Te Pakanga, Pipiriki, Wanganui River, 1865; Expeditionary Force, Opotiki, Sept. 1865; The Campaign on the West Coast - North Island against Titokowaru June 1866 to the end of 1869; The First attack on Titoki Waru's position - Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu (The Beak of the Bird).