Diary, Private A F Pickard

Pickard, Arthur Frederick
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Pages from a journal written by Arthur Frederick Pickard. Entries begin with Pickard's departure from England aboard the Norwood on 21 November 1860 and his arrival in Auckland on 4 March 1861. He was a private in the English armed forces and was sent to New Zealand for the Māori wars. His journal details some of those experiences.

Some of the contents include: descriptions of Māori men and women; the use of horses and bullocks in the armed forces; arrangements for caring for the horses; his thoughts on the successes and failures of the battles; the story of a Māori man having his tooth pulled one day and wearing it as decoration the next; going to a ball; keeping wood fires for warmth; One Tree Hill; bad rations; doing drill and then going hunting or fishing; problems with mice and other vermin; assorted arms and forces - infantry and artillery; a story from a missionary in Fiji about the Fijian cannibals wanting to eat the missionary and his wife; needing summer clothing and trying to get it from England; the cost of alcohol; theatre performances the troops put on for the soldier's widows and orphans; the leaving of Governors Grey and Browne; the start of the Bank of New Zealand; the New Zealand gold rush; the speed of meeting ladies and getting married in New Zealand versus England; lack of supplies to make clothing; Christmas dinner in 1861; trying to cold and weather proof their huts; plants that do and do not grow (cabbage trees versus dandelions); trying to make friends with non-army European men; battling against the Waikato Māori; descriptions of battle; taking Māori as prisoners; wounded army men; being surrounded by wounded, dying and dead men; pā fortifications and defences; greenstone/pounamu.
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Ink on paper.
Height x Width: 256 x 200mm
H.B. Art Gallery & Museum, Stamp, Stamp
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estate of Mr Cecil Douglas Cornford
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m63/33 a) (i), 5384, 76173


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