John Dwyer was born in Ireland in 1851 and came to New Zealand in 1878. He joined the New Zealand Police Force and was posted to various stations throughout the country.
The papers relate to the authentication of a carved walking stick and cloak which was acquired by an unidentified police officer at the sacking of Parihaka in 1881. The stick and cloak were then given to John Dwyer and were kept in the family until June 1973 when it appears these items were returned to Taranaki. .
The collectionalso contains biographical notes describing the life of John Dwyer written by Margaret Garrett (nee Lyttleton) 10th June 1973 and a form of declaration by Dwyer regarding the origin of the taonga.
1. Biographical notes describing the life of John Dwyer written by Margaret Garrett (nee Lyttleton) 10th June 1973 (3pp)
2. Declaration John Dwyer's statement on the authenticity of a carved walking stick and cloak which had been given (or stolen?) to a police officer who took part in the raid on Parihaka 1881. (original) (1p)
3. A an written copy of item Number 2. (photocopy) (2pp)
4. Original envelope in which the declaration was kept.