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Charles Everett

Portrait of Captain Charles Everett, taken by William Francis Robert Gordon, from album "Some "Soldiers of the Queen" who served in the Maori Wars and Other Notable Persons Connected Herewith", Puke Ariki, PHO2012-0244. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Captain Charles Everett, taken by William Francis Robert Gordon, from album "Some "Soldi …


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    Charles AWMM
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    Everett AWMM
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    1812 Puke Ariki
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    WW1 Bell Block AWMM
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    • Everett Road will be familiar to many readers who have visited its scenic reserve or stayed at the well-known holiday camp. It is named after Captain Charles Everett, a well-respected early settler and soldier.

      Charles Everett (1812 - 1878) arrived in New Plymouth in August 1852 aboard the Sir Edward Paget. He bought land at Bell Block and was farming there when war broke out in 1860. Everett joined the Taranaki Militia and is recorded as being present in early engagements at Huirangi and Kaihihi. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1863 and then made a captain in 1865. Further recognition of his military contribution came in 1872, when he was awarded the New Zealand War Medal.

      Like many soldiers, Everett was granted a piece of land. His was in the Huirangi and Mataitawa districts, designated section 181. The property ran alongside the Manganui River.

      Captain Everett died at his residence in Courtenay Street on July 13, 1878, aged 66, and was buried at Te Henui cemetery. (See headstone in Images below)

      His obituary recounted an interesting incident from 1861. While working on his farm he was surrounded by a party of armed Maori. Instead of ordering he be shot, the leader of the party, a Waikato chief, walked up to Everett, removed his neck-tie, and told him to leave. The newspaper's comment provides an interesting insight into the prevailing attitude: "This was an unprecedented act, for up to this time no European's life had been spared; but it shows that the Maoris are not all of that treacherous nature which is so common to attribute to the race." Family source.

      Intrigued by this story, Everett's brother and Major Stapp went to Waitara where they spoke to a Maori chief, Rewi. He knew of the tale and told them the Waikato chief concerned was named Aparo and had been killed some years before on the East Coast AWMM
    • The Maori Chief who spared Captain Everett's life was Maniopoto Chief Aporo Taratutu - from the Waikato.
      Two years after releasing Captain Everett - at New Plymouth - Chief Taratutu was imprisoned for his part in a raid on the Government Printing Press at Waikato. He was sentenced to 2.5 years hard labour at Auckland Jail. The people of New Plymouth took up a petition - to Governor Grey - to have Chief Taratutu's sentence reduced because he had freed, without harm, Captain Everett at Bell Block.
      When Captain Everett died - in 1878 at New Plymouth - he left 100 pounds in his Will for the Maori Chief who had spared his life all those years before.
      Chief Taratutu - died 1898 - at Otorohanga, Waikato. Public - Jenifer - Other relative - 28 February 2020 - Family records.
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    13 July 1878 Puke Ariki
    Age 66 AWMM
    New PlymouthTaranaki Puke Ariki
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    Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth AWMM
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  • External links
    "Capt. Everett", Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, PHO2012-0244
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  • Documents
    Stowers, R. (2010). The New Zealand Medal to colonials : detailed medal rolls of officers and men in colonial units who received the New Zealand Medal for service in the New Zealand Wars 1845-1872. Hamilton, N.Z.: Author. AWMM


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28 February 2020JeniferWairarapaOther relative

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