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  • John Murray, VC (1837 - 1911)
    Rank: Sergeant Unit: 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) Battles/wars: Crimean War & New Zealand Wars. Sergeant John Murray of the 68th Regiment. Sergeant Murray received his ‘for ...
  • Frederick Augustus Smith, VC (1826 - 1887)
    Rank: Lieutenant Colonel. Commands held: 43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot (1975–78). Battles/wars: Crimean War & New Zealand Wars. Medals: Victoria Cross, Crimea War Medal 1854-1856, New Ze...
  • George Eliot Eliott (1817 - 1901)
    In 1841 the Treaty of Waitangi was saved by Records Clerk George Eliot Eliott (1817-1901) who awoke one morning to see the government offices in Auckland on fire: "I could not see for smoke... The room...
  • Edmund James Morgan (1841 - 1912)
    MR. EDMUND JAMES MORGAN, of “Oakleigh,” Kaimata road, Inglewood, a well known colonist, is a native of Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England, where he was born in the year 1841, and brought up...
  • Asher Asher (1822 - 1899)
    Asher Asher arrived in New Zealand in 1842. He was involved with fire fighting in Auckland, moving to Tauranga in 1877 where he served as a Tauranga Borough Councillor and honorary Fire Inspector for t...

The New Zealand Wars, sometimes called the Land Wars and also once called the Māori Wars, were a series of armed conflicts that took place in New Zealand between 1845 and 1872. The wars were fought over a number of issues, the most prominent concerning Māori land being sold to the settler population.

The Māori King Movement (also known as the Kingitanga Movement) began resisting the purchase of their land by British settlers, in some cases resulting in violence. These disputes sowed the seeds of eventual war between Kingitanga Māori, with their supporters, and the British and New Zealand governments, with the support of allied Māori