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Charles Wooster

Birth: 12 February 1847, 16 Mortimer Road, West Hackney, Middlesex, England

Death: 30 December 1940, Nabiac, New South Wales, Australia  Tree

2nd Waikato Militia

Service no. 216, enlisted in NZ 4 Dec 1863, age 20, height 5' 7"

Occupation: Seaman

Granted land: Town allotment 126, Alexandra West. Farm section 193.
10 October 1865: placed in possession of land and relieved from consecutive duty.
(2 Waikato Militia Roll p 11,108)


Left:Map showing the advance of the British Army, as it moved southward during the Waikato War, 1863-64. The advance is shown here to have ceased at Rangiaowhia. In fact, the war did not conclude until after the Battle of Orakau, 1864.
The Waikato River, as seen from Rangiriri Pa site. Shows approach of British Army, as it attempted an attack from the rear, from the river.
Right: Monument to those who died at Rangiriri, sited within the nearby Tea Rooms and Museum.


Left: A view of part of the Paterangi Line. The British considered this to be impregnable, as they advanced south in 1864. They therefore went around the Line, instead attacking the village of Rangiaowhia, which lay undefended to the east.
Right: The site of Te Wheroro's Redoubt, with curious onlooker. After the war, Te Wheoro and his people displaced by the war lived here for a short time.

Wiremu Te Wheoro was called on by the Government to act as intermediary, as the Crown sought unsuccessfully to meet with the Maori King Tawhiao, who was then in refuge.

Charles on a buggy

Newspaper Articles:

Argus Melbourne 16 March 1935

Northern Star (Lismore NSW) 31 August 1915




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  11 October 2015