1860-1899 | Executions | New Zealand

Maori rebel Hamiora Pere executed for treason

16 November 1869 At half past eight in the morning of 16 November 1869, a young Maori warrior, Hamiora Pere, who had participated in a rebellion against colonial forces who were seizing Maori land, was hung at the Terrace Gaol at Wellington, the administrative capital of the British colony of New Zealand. Pere was the…

1860-1899

Last ‘full blooded’ Aboriginal Tasmanian man’s death and dissection

3 March 1869 On 3 March 1869, William Lanne, who at the time was believed to be the last ‘full-blooded’ Tasmanian man, died of cholera and dysentery, aged just 34 years.  Eight months later, the Shipping and Mercantile Gazette reported to its British readers that ‘the native population of Tasmania, or Van Diemen’s Land, is now…

1860-1899 | Massacres | New Zealand | Prisoners murdered

Up to 128 Maoris stripped naked and shot like dogs

5 January 1869 It was a crime which Maoris have never forgotten, committed when New Zealand, though technically self-governing, was still, both in name and in the thinking of much of its settler population, a colony of Great Britain. On 5 January 1869, the first of several batches of captured Maori rebels, who had attempted…