Holster, Revolver

A brown leather revolver holster with a belt that has a snake buckle. " HEMI / TE WAKA " is handwritten in black ink under the flap on the inside.
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Hemi Te Waka (“Big Jim”) fought against the Pākehā in Taranaki during 1860 but, for some, now unrecorded reason, changed sides and became a valued scout for the Imperial Regiments in the wars of the mid-1860s.
He used this holster for the presentation revolver that was given to him by the 43rd Regiment for his scouting work during the conflict. It was recorded, that he “wore it with pride.” It was presented to Taranaki Museum in 1919 by the NZ Army Veteran’s Association along with the revolver.
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 a local, unofficial name for the western rise from the Waitara valley to Brixton – Big Jim’s Hill.
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