Revolver, Five Chambered
A presentation Adam's patent five chambered revolver. The revolver is a double action percussion type .44 calibre with a wedge frame. " PATENT 38, 309 " is stamped on the left of the frame. "Presented to HEMI TE WAKA / by the OFFICERS of the 43rd LT. InFTY / for GALLANT CONDUCT on all occasions / when acting as GUIDE to the Regt / in TARANAKI December 1865" is engraved on the bar above the cylinder.
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It was presented to Taranaki Museum in 1919 by the NZ Army Veteran’s Association.
Hemi te Waka continued work as a scout with the elite Corps of Guides under Colonel Whitmore. In 1869, he was killed in an ambush while pursuing Te Kooti’s forces in the Urewera. He is still remembered by our local, unofficial name for the western rise from the Waitara valley to Brixton – Big Jim’s Hill.