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  • Charles Arthur Melchior Hirtzel (1839 - 1926)
    Born 29th May 1839, Devon, England, emigrated to New Zealand in 1860 on board the ship "Gananoque" ex London, arriving in Lyttleton Harbour on 9th May 1860, (age 21) soon begins a 2 year cadetship at S...
  • Robert Farrell (1827 - 1873)
    Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees via son William Charles Farrell by SmartCopy : Aug 8 2015, 5:53:19 UTC
  • Edward Landels Douglas (1838 - 1916)
    Edward Landells was born in Walkergate Street in Alnwick, Northumberland, England on 6 July 1838. His parents were Adam and Margaret Landells (nee Douglas) who had married at Gretna Green in Dumfries, ...
  • Benedict Benjamin Biddle (1847 - 1933)
    From Wikipedia (English) : Benedict 'Ben' Benjamin Biddle (1848-1933), NZC, one of New Zealand's last land wars heroes, was awarded the rare New Zealand Cross for his acts of bravery at Ngatapa Pā, G...
  • Samuel Crowther (1848 - 1924)
    Obituary MR. SAMUEL CROWTHER. [BY TELEGRAPH. - OWN CORRESPONDENT.] TAUPO. Sunday. The death of Mr. Samuel Crowther, at Taupo last week, removed a Maori War veteran, and one of tha best known figures ...

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