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Gustavus Von Tempsky

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15 Feb 1828 – 7 Sep 1868


Gustavus von Tempsky
Although he spent only six years in this country, the adventurous soldier Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky was one of 19th-century New Zealand's most colourful characters.

Events In History

7 September 1868

Gustavus von Tempsky was killed during an assault on Tītokowaru's south Taranaki pā. His exploits during the New Zealand Wars had made the Prussian soldier of fortune a folk hero for many European settlers.

Main image: Paterangi, 1864
Paterangi, 1864, by Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky (1828–1868).