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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 11 (February 1, 1936)

From Carbine to Plough

From Carbine to Plough.

However, this is not a history of the war, but a brief sketch of the hard-faring Rangers and their commander. Jackson, at the close of the campaign, settled on his share of the confiscated land, at Hairini, between Te Awamutu and the celebrated Maori farming centre at Rangiaowahia. He made it a model farm, for that pioneer era. Later he removed to Kihikihi, where I as a boy came to know him well. He was the senior officer of those who took up their soldier grants in the Waipa and the old military organisation continued to a certain extent, for the Militia were required to keep up their drill by means of periodical parades. The late Sixties and early Seventies were years of standing to arms at times along the frontier, for fear of Kingite raids. It was natural that the dispossessed Waikato tribes should plan to recover their good ancestral lands taken away from them by the strong hand.