By early 1860 New Plymouth had become an armed camp. Many settlers from the surrounding district moved into town for protection. Soon diseases such as scarlet fever posed a greater threat than warfare. By the time the truce was signed in March 1861 about 120 inhabitants of New Plymouth had died of disease in 1860.
The painting is by Edwin Harris.
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'New Plymouth under siege, 1860', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/new-plymouth-under-siege, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Jun-2014