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Major David Stark Durie

Birthplace: Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland
Death: September 26, 1874 (70)
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Durie and Eliza Durie
Husband of Penelope Durie
Father of Lady Octavia Jane Nolan; Robert Adamson Durie; Katherine Anne Maysmor; Margaret Maria Durie; Charles Alfred Durie and 7 others
Brother of Charles Olin Durie; Catherine Durie; Helen Eger and Wilhelm Durie

Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Major David Stark Durie

David Stark Durie, 1804 - 1874, led a colourful life. From a childhood in Scotland and then Norway where his father, Charles Durie, was British consul, to fighting in Portugal and in the Spanish Carlist wars where he met Colonel William Wakefield who invited him to travel to New Zealand to assist in establishing the new colony.

Durie established himself as part of the administering 'elite' and was active in military and civil roles in Wellington, around the Porirua district and along the Kapiti Coast. He held no less than fourteen government appointments in New Zealand, ranging from the first Inspector of Armed Police, to Customs Officer and Police Magistrate at Waikanae and then Resident Magistrate at Wanganui where a number of place names commemorate his contribution to the city.

The book: 'By His Excellency's Command' gives a valuable insight to the life and times of this one of New Zealand's early pioneers. Bob Maysmor, the author, is David Stark Durie's great-grandson. He lives close to where Major Durie saw action against the Maoris in the late 1840s.

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Major David Stark Durie's Timeline

June 10, 1804
Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland
October 23, 1843
Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
February 16, 1845
October 22, 1846
June 24, 1848
Waikanae, Kapiti Coast District, Wellington, New Zealand
October 28, 1850
June 6, 1852
New Zealand
February 18, 1854
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand