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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

MALING, Christopher 1843–1917

MALING, Christopher 1843–1917

Said to have been born in Nelson a few months after his father, Thomas Audos Maling, was killed at Wairau; was brought to Auckland by Bishop Selwyn to be brought up by Capt. David Rough and his wife. Served in wars against Te Kooti showing great skill as a scout: raised and commanded Whitmore's Corps of Guides and carried out dangerous reconnaissance in February 1869; carried despatches from Fraser at Tauranga to McDonnell at Taupo. Received the Military Cross which is now in the Royal Collection. After the end of operations in 1870 Maling was given a Captain's commission in the militia. Was later employed in the Lands and Survey Department and for a time had an official position in Japan. Spent his last years in England. G. Hamilton-Browne's With the Lost Legion in New Zealand pub. 1911 appears to be based upon a diary kept by Maling and Browne was not in New Zealand at the time of the campaign. Maling bitterly resented slurs on the Corps made in the book. Represented: Turnbull.