"The first return of Colonel Davies from South Africa arriving along Egmont Street in New Plymouth"

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Jul 1901
A large crowd standing on either side of Egmont Street in New Plymouth to welcome Colonel Richard Hutton Davies on his first return from the Boer War in South Africa. Many people are waving flags while the procession of other returning officers and men pass by, including Mayor Edward Dockrill standing in the first cab and members of the Taranaki Mounted Rifles. The photo also shows part of Mount Eliot/Puke Ariki pā opposite the railway station in the background which has since been excavated. J.W. West livery and stables can be seen to the left of the photo. J.C. Sumner was also present.

Davies was born in London but settled in Taranaki and became the first New Zealander to command an independent force overseas.
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