Taranaki Militia and Volunteers

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On the 11 August 1855, the Taranaki Militia was sworn in, this remained as a force in name only until 1858 when the Taranaki Volunteer Rifle Corps was formed.
The records include a quartermaster's cashbook, (1868-1873); letterbook, (March-December 1860); record and order book, (March 1859- February 1860); letterbooks, (January 1861-December 1862, April- Sept. 1864, November 1881-March 1891); memoranda books, (May 1861- January 1863, August 1865-1869); a book of military despatches, (August 1863-May 1865); order book, (July 1868-October 1873); sick report books (May-November 1863, December 1864-April 1866), which contain correspondence with the military hospital; quarterly pay-list printed forms with manuscript entries.
Sick Report volumes 1863 - 1866 used for the creation of the Index of Names card index located in the Taranaki Research Centre.

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  Box 1

Letter, record and order book. Mar.1859 - Feb.1860. Two books in one. Letter book entries reversed.

Memoranda book. August 1865 - Dec. 1869. Includes list of notices and fines sent out for being absent from Govt. Inspection Parade. 1874.

Regimental Order Book. 1868 - 1873.

  Box 2

Letter book No. 1. April - Sept. 1864

Letter book. Jan.1861 - Nov.1862

  Box 3

Sick Report book. December 1864 - May 1865

Photo copy of Sick Report 1864 – 1865

Booklet. Drill and rifle instruction for the Corps of Rifle Volunteers. 1860.

Describes standard procedures for drill and rifle musketry taught to the volunteers. Its aim is simplicity - so that the rudiments can be imparted in the shortest possible time. Annotation " received from Deputy Adjutant General 10th July 1862. Militia office, New Plymouth"

  Box 4

Sick Report book. May 1863 - Nov. 1863. Plus photocopy.

Sick Report book. May 1865 - Oct. 1865. Plus Photocopy (located Box 8)

  Box 5

Memoranda and Letter book. 1881 - 1891. Two books in one. Letter book entries reversed.

  Box 6

Quarter Master's Cash Book. 1868 - 1873.

New Plymouth Garrison Order Book. Nov. 1860 - Jan. 1862.

Militia and Volunteers Pay List. 1861.

Alphabetical list of names of appearing in the Sick Reports 10 May 1863 - 27 April 1866. Typescript (2 copies)

Quarterly Pay List 1 April 1861 - 30 June 1861. (Photocopy)

  Box 7

Hospital States. Letter book and sick reports. 1865 - 1866. Plus photocopy.

  Box 8


Sick Report. 1865

Typescript. Memoranda Book May 1861 - Jan. 1863

Memoranda Book of Militia Office. May 1861 - Jan. 1863. Transcript by Fred B. Butler.

  Box 9

Undescribed documents. Three hundred and twelve documents. Includes miscellaneous documents of an administrative nature and refer to such things as:

Absence without leave


Issue of medals

Band instruments


Garrison orders

Return of arms accoutrements issued to the Taranaki Rifle Volunteers

Treasury notes.

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