Meeting to Celebrate the Battle of Waireka

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Mar 1910
Photograph of a large group of men and women wearing formal attire seated on a grassy hill, gathered to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Waireka (1860). Photograph is adhered to a green coloured card with brown mat. New Plymouth Mayor Gustave Tisch is seated fourth from left in the front row, wearing a light coloured hat and a fern leaf shaped badge on his jacket. Oliver Cook Spurdle has been identified sitting directly in front of the tallest man standing in the back row. Oliver Spurdle has a distinctive grey stripe through his beard.

The Taranaki Daily News of Wednesday 30 March 1910 reported a Jubilee Dinner as being held on "Monday last".
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In the description above, beside the photograph, Oliver Cook Spurdle has been incorrectly identified. He is in the second to back row, directly in front of the tallest man in the back row.

- Carolene Norgate-Crandall on 10-06-2022 01:04:11

Oliver Cook Spurdle is in the second to back row. He is directly in front of the man whose hat is closest to the top of the photograph.

- Carolene Norgate-Crandall on 22-03-2020 02:58:13

Going by the production date of 1908-1911, specifically 1910, this photo was most likely taken on Monday 28th March 1910. The Taranaki Daily News of Wednesday 30th March 1910 reports 'The Jubilee Dinner' held on Monday last. The photograph suggests the veterans paid a visit to the Waireka battle site on that day.

- Carolene Norgate-Crandall on 22-03-2020 02:55:03

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