The Royal Irish Regiment

Maoris 1863

Although these Maoris look warlike with their traditional weapons they did not take part in the third Maori War of 1863-65. This photo was taken in London in 1863 when the two men came to visit Queen Victoria. The one on the left is Kihirini Te Tuahu and the older man on the right is the Chief Kamariera Te Hautakiri Wharepapa. He was born in 1823 and sailed to England in 1863 where he met and married Elizabeth Anne Reid. They were married in Limehouse on 31st March 1864, the day of the terrible battle at Orakua in New Zealand. They sailed to New Zealand later that year and had 5 daughters. There are two very fine portraits of the chief painted by Charles Frederick Goldie in 1907.

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