Hulke, William King
William Hulke came to New Zealand in 1840 and settled in New Plymouth in 1847. He established a flour mill and nursery, but is best known as a pioneer of the dairy industry in Taranaki. Hulke served in the New Zealand Wars. The diaries were kept while he was a signalman at the Hua Fort, better known as the Bell Block stockade. At this centre all messages were received from surrounding districts and forwarded to headquarters at Marsland Hill, New Plymouth. The diaries include the wording of signals that Hulke received and sent. He includes his own remarks about the day-to-day operation of the war.
No. 1. Hua Fort Diary. 1860. June 16th to December 27th. Includes letter in frontispiece between H. Pote, nephew of Hulke and Percy White, presenting White with the three volumes. 9 June 1918
No. 2. Hua Fort Diary. December 28th 1860 to February 19 1861.
No. 3. Hua Fort Diary. 1861 February 20th to April 2nd. This volume includes William Hulke's journal after he left the Bell Block post from 10 March 1861 to 7 April 1861.