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Captain Thomas Broun's Letterbook, 1863 - 1865

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    Added as part of the Presto to Vernon migration. Best to not use going forward, only added as a way to capture the information. 04/07/2022. MH
  • Description

    Red notebook containing handwritten copies of letters by Captain Thomas Broun during his time as an officer with the 1st Waikato Militia, from 9 October 1863 to 21 December 1865. (pp. 1-129 plus 4 additional pages of miscellaneous notes) His communications are generally in regard to the upkeep of the various camps at which Broun was stationed.

    He writes of procuring payment for his troops, and often writes to request goods such as fresh food rations, carpenters tools, and clothing. Broun also writes requests for reinforcement, and reports death in the camps. Other personal requests are also made by Broun such as for the removal of Lieut. Nunnington from his company, due to his advances towards the Color Srgt. and other men [pg. 1]. Furthermore, Broun acknowledges receipts of District Orders [one example on pg. 28 is dated Camp Drury 10th April and is in reference to General Orders No. 598 616-653, regarding the amount of Imperial Ammunition to be kept in reserve at [his] Post. Broun acknowledged that he had received 5 Barrels of Enfield Ammunition of 750 rounds each]. He also writes letters regarding the company's movements, as well as the movements of Maori in the area, particularly those moving up and down the Mangatawhiri river.

  • Other Id

    14156 (Presto content ID)

    MS-1214-1 (Reference Number)

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    Captain Thomas Broun's Letterbook, 1863 - 1865
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    [Keywords: St Johns Redoubt, Camp Papakura, Pukerimu, Camp Tuakau, Judea Redoubt]

  • Last Update
    15 Nov 2022 09:59
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