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John Gilfillan

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Events In History

18 April 1847

A Māori raid on the Gilfillan farm at Matarawa, just east of Whanganui, left four members of the family dead. The artist John Gilfillan and one of his daughters were severely wounded.


War in Whanganui

The confusion and uncertainty that had surrounded the New Zealand Company's land purchases in Whanganui erupted into violence in the autumn and winter of 1847. The conflict also involved long-standing rivalries between upper and lower Whanganui River Māori. Read the full article

Page 3 - The Matarawa killings

The killing of Mary Gilfillan and three of her children caused tension between upriver and downriver Māori as well as among

Matarawa, the farm of Mr Gilfillan c1845

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