The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period: Volume I (1845–64)
From a sketch (1863) in the “Illustrated London News”] — The Alexandra Redoubt, Tuakau
From a sketch (1863) in the “Illustrated London News”]
The Alexandra Redoubt, Tuakau
This large redoubt, on the right bank of the Lower Waikato, was built in July, 1863, by a detachment of the 65th Regiment. The position, on a bold bluff about 300 feet above the river, was commanding and of great strategic importance. The redoubt is the best preserved of all the military posts built in 1863–64. The present entrance is from the roadway in the rear into the north-west flanking angle, where a monument erected by the Government bears the names of British soldiers who fell in the district. The redoubt covers an area of about three-quarters of an acre, and is a parallelogram, with the usual two flanking angles at diagonally opposite corners of the work. The surrounding trench is still in most places 4 feet or 5 feet in depth, and from the bottom of the ditch to the top of the fern-grown parapets the height varies from 10 feet to nearly 20 feet.