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Hero Stories of New Zealand


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Pages 14–21, The Missionaries of Matamata.—The principal parts of the narrative are taken from MS. letters and journal written by the Rev. John Morgan in 1835–36, and lent to the author by Mr. E. E. Vaile, of Broadlands, Waiotapu.

Pages 22–30, The Pirates of the Wellington Brig.—The story of this episode at the Bay of Islands was originally published by the author in “Quick March” Magazine, Wellington, 1923. The strange career of Philip Tapsell, of The Sisters, is narrated in “A Trader in Cannibal Land: The Adventures of Captain Tapsell,” by James Cowan. (A. H. and A. W. Reed, Dunedin and Wellington.)

Pages 69–77, How Sergt. McKenna won the Victoria Cross.—From official despatches and narrative by McKenna at Te Awamutu, 1864, taken down by a chaplain in General Cameron's forces. The picture of Captain Swift and McKenna in the bush, when Swift was mortally wounded, was drawn from McKenna's description; artist unknown. The drawing is accurate in detail, and gives a good portrait of McKenna.

Page 125, The Battle of the Gate Pa.—Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton, of H.M.S. Esk, killed in the assault on the Pa, was 43 years of age. He had served in the Crimean War. He was the son of Lieut.-Col. P. Hamilton, of the Scots Guards, and grandson of Major-General Digby Hamilton, who fought in the Peninsula War and was with Sir John Moore at Corunna. The town of Hamilton, founded in 1864 at the end of the Waikato War, was named after the gallant naval officer. His son, Major A. C. Hamilton, of the 6th Dragoon Guards, served in South Africa in the Great War. The photograph from which the picture of Captain Hamilton is taken was presented to the Hamilton Borough Council by the family.

Pages 270–278, Explorers of Fiordland.—Donald Sutherland died at Milford Sound in 1919. He had lived there for more than forty years.