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A SOLDIER'S VIEW OF EMPIRE
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A SOLDIER'S VIEW OF EMPIRE
The Reminiscences of James Bodell, 1831-92
THE BODLEY HEAD
LONDON SYDNEY TORONTO
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British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
A soldier's view of Empire,
1. Great Britain-Army-Military life-History
2. Soldiers-Commonwealth of Nations-History
I. Title II. Sinclair, Keith
© Andrew Newton 1982
Printed in Great Britain for
The Bodley Head Ltd
9 Bow Street, London WC2E 7AL
by Redwood Burn Ltd, Trowbridge
set in Linotron plantin
by Western Printing Services Ltd.
First published 1982
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England and Ireland, 1831-49, 16
Voyage to China, 1849-50, 43
Hong Kong, 1850-54, 56
Tasmania and Victoria, 1855-63, 82
the Waikato Campaign, 1863-65, 128
A Tauranga Settler, 1866-83, 167
My Trip from New Zealand via America to England and Return Trip: June-December 1883, 182
Tauranga Again, 1883-92, 207
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[LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS]
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1 Soldiers of the 5 9th Regiment of Foot--the 'Lilywhites'--in (left) the standard uniform and (right) tropical kit that James Bodell would have worn when he was in Ireland and Hong Kong.
2 Hong Kong seen from Kowloon, c. 1840.
3 The 'Crown and Anchor', Hobart. The palings used for shillelaghs are clearly visible.
4 Life in the Australian gold fields. 'Possum Jack's Claim', Maryborough, Illustrated Australian News, 12 June 1876, p. 85.
5 Maryborough in about 1881. The Australian Sketcher, 22 October 1881, p. 340.
6 The house of the Maori King, Tawhiao, Ngaruawahia, about 1864.
7 The tomb of the first Maori King, Potatau, Ngaruawahia, about 1884. James Bodell refers to both buildings in his reminiscences.
8 Tauranga in 1876, showing James Bodell's shop (top section, right).
9 Tauranga in the 1870s, looking towards Monmouth Redoubt.
10 Tauranga in the 1880s, showing the beach.
11 The Mayor of Tauranga, 1888-89.
12 'Bradgate Villa', Tauranga, James Bodell's house.
13 James Bodell and his family at Bradgate Park, 1883.
14 James Bodell, his mother and sisters during his 1890 visit to England.
15 Detail from a typical manuscript page of the reminiscences.
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Thanks are due to the following for permission to reproduce copyright photographs: Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn, Lancashire, I a & b; BBC Hulton Picture Library, 2; The Archives Office of Tasmania, 3; The State Library of Victoria, 4 and 5; The Auckland Institute and Museum, 6; Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, 7, 8, 9 and 10; Tauranga City Council, 11. Other photographs are in the possession of Mr Andrew Newton, Leicester.