South Auckland military posts and scenes of engagements 1863

Auckland military posts, c1863

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This map was drawn in the early 1920s for James Cowan’s history of The New Zealand Wars and the pioneering period, probably by A.H. Messenger, a draughtsman in the New Zealand Forest Service. It shows the military posts established along the Great South Road. This all-weather road was vital to the British plans to occupy the Waikato basin. The sites of a number of smaller engagements along the road are indicated, as are those of the major encounters at Koheroa, Meremere and Rangiriri which followed the invasion of Waikato on 12 July 1863.

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