Betty Guard's comb

This tortoiseshell hair comb belonged to Betty Guard, the wife of whaler Jacky Guard. She was allegedly wearing it when she was attacked by Taranaki Māori after the ship on which she and her husband were returning from Australia was blown ashore. A tomahawk blow to her head was partially deflected by the comb. Such was the force of the blow that the teeth of the comb broke in Betty’s skull, remaining there for the rest of her life as a permanent reminder of her ordeal.

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JOHN FOLKARD

Posted: 21 Sep 2016

NZ author..Fiona Kidman, gives us an interesting account of the Guards in her book "The Captive Wife " (2005 ), which novel, seems to adhere to the historical record reasonably well...