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The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period: Volume II: The Hauhau Wars, (1864–72)

(Chapter 43): THE MURDER OF SULLIVAN, UPPER WAIKATO

(Chapter 43): THE MURDER OF SULLIVAN, UPPER WAIKATO

Mr. George Bailey, of Harwood Street, Hamilton, writes:—

“In the year 1873, in the Waikato, outside the Town of Cambridge, the estates of Monavale and Roto-o-rangi were under the joint management of E. B. Walker and Richard Parker. Timothy Sullivan and another man, Davie Jones, were employed laying manuka fascines for making a crossing over a swamp, to facilitate an entrance to a native leasehold property adjoining the Monavale-Roto-o-rangi property on the eastern side, known as the Pukekura Block. One day while this work was in progress the late Richard Parker and a man named Lloyd were carting the manuka in a dray, and, nearing the locality where Sullivan and Jones were working, they observed that the tea-billy was upturned on the fire, things were in general disorder, and Sullivan and Jones were missing. As there had been rumours that treacherous natives were about, Parker feared that they might have attacked Sullivan and Jones. After unloading the dray he and Lloyd decided to hasten back up the hill and look round for the missing men. While returning along the track an armed native emerged from the fern on the hillside. He aimed at Parker, but his gun missed fire. Parker and Lloyd, being unarmed, made a hurried retreat to the homestead and reported to Cambridge. In the afternoon of the same day a number of volunteers were called out to make a search, and Sullivan's body, beheaded, was found at the head of a gully, in the manuka, where he had apparently run to escape the attacking Maoris. Jones evaded the Maoris and escaped. The Maori credited with killing Sullivan was Purukutu. He claimed interest in the lands in that locality. His sister, Maraea Whakatutu, had a share in the Pukekura lands, and lived there for many years afterwards.”