Australian involvement in the New Zealand wars of the 1840s and 1860s

Hopkins-Weise, Jeffrey Ellis (2004). Australian involvement in the New Zealand wars of the 1840s and 1860s MPhil Thesis, School of History, Philosophy,Religion and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Hopkins-Weise, Jeffrey Ellis
Thesis Title Australian involvement in the New Zealand wars of the 1840s and 1860s
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy,Religion and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Supervisor Associate Professors Raymond Evans
Clive Moore
Total pages 395
Language eng
Subjects 210311 New Zealand History
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
430101 History - Australian
780199 Other
Formatted abstract
New Zealand, Australia's first external war

This is the first academic study to assess fully the diversity and importance of Australian involvement in the New Zealand wars. Both in material and manpower terms, this input was of considerable importance to the outcomes of the wars that plagued New Zealand during the 1840s and 1860s. These conflicts were also Australia's only substantial war of Empire.
           From 1834, through to the late 1860s, there was a continuity of Australian involvement in New Zealand affairs that has not before been fully taken into account. Australia throughout proved a highly capable logistical staging point for the imperial might marshalled against the Maori during both times of perceived crisis and actual conflict. Apart from providing this base for planning military operations and ensuring re-supply, the Australian colonies were the place from which New Zealand quickly obtained imperial troops, as well as colonial recruits for its grand military settler schemes. These colonies truly played an enormous role throughout all these operations against the Maori, and without this contribution the outcomes of these wars would have been considerably different.
          This analysis is not designed to be an account of the wars as they took place in New Zealand, but instead assesses these conflicts from the Australian perspective - seeing the events, issues and occurrences as they evolved and impacted upon these colonies. This is a crucial element, for the story of Australian involvement from 1834 into the 1860s has never before been considered. In turn this is not strictly a military history, but approaches this subject in a 'war and society' context. The findings here indicate not only a significant Australian context to these wars, but to the existence of an Australian "home front" as part of this overall war experience.
Keyword New Zealand Wars, 1843-1847 -- Participation, Australian
New Zealand Wars, 1860-1872 -- Participation, Australian
New Zealand -- History -- Taranaki War, 1860-1861 -- Participation, Australian
New Zealand -- History -- Maori Wars, 1843-1847 -- Participation, Australian
Additional Notes The author has given permission for this thesis to be made open access.

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