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Heaphy, Charles 1820-1881 :Mere-Mere from Whangamarino Redoubt [1863]

Reference Number: C-025-011

Shows view from above fortification with three cannons in foreground. The left one is firing out over river and plain. River bends at extreme right, or may join another. The gunboat (Pioneer) is in the river in the centre distance, neat the fortification with the flag flying.

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1 image, categorised under Watercolours, related to Alfred Walter Francis Fuller, Charles Heaphy, Pioneer HMS (Ship. fl 1860s), Whangamarino Redoubt, Meremere Pa, Mercer, Whangamarino River, Waikato River, Meremere, Ngati Maniapoto, Fortification - New Zealand - Waikato Region, Soldiers - New Zealand - Waikato Region, Pa - New Zealand - Waikato Region, New Zealand Wars, 1860-1872 - Campaigns - Waikato-Tauranga, Swamps, Ordnance, Warships and Military uniforms.

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Heaphy, Charles 1820-1881 :Mere-Mere from Whangamarino Redoubt [1863], Reference Number C-025-011 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 watercolour(s)Monotone watercolour 490 x 760 mm. Horizontal imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: In a note on the back A W F Fuller quotes G W Rusden's History of NZ 1883, vol. II, page 167: "On the 29th October 1863, General Cameron with Commander Wiseman, reconnoitred Mere-Mere. Two 40 pound Armstrong guns had been previously landed at Whangamarino to command the landing place at Mere Mere. That stronghold was on a low ridge which approached the Waikato river. Traversed rifle-pits occupied the descent of the ridge to the river. Swamps almost encircled the ridge, & the Whangamarino & Maramarua rivers, or creeks, were available to the east for the possible retreat always aimed at by Maoris in their plans of fortification. The swamps were more water-laden than usual. The Maori flag floated in a pah where the ridge was 130 feet high. Every slope & projection from the ridge to the swamps was traversed with rifle-pits..."

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-002051)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Recto - bottom right: [Title]; Recto - bottom right: Heaphy; Verso - centre: [Notes by A W F Fuller, 7 May 1941].

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