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Gilbert Mair

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Full Name:

Gilbert Mair


10 Jan 1843 – 29 Nov 1923


Gilbert Mair
Served with distinction during the New Zealand Wars. Played a leading role in campaigns against Te Kooti, commanding an irregular contingent of loyalist Māori known as the Arawa Flying Column.

Events In History

6 May 1869

The main purpose of the operation was to punish Tūhoe for supporting Te Kooti Rikirangi, whose ‘rebel’ force they had sheltered after it was defeated at Ngātapa, inland from Poverty Bay, in January.

Main image: Gilbert Mair
A formal portrait of Gilbert Mair, possibly taken while he was a member of the Colonial Defence Force.