Whanganui 1847

Whanganui – a town of two stockades 

Whanganui in the 1870s, after the wars. Rutland Stockade can be seen on the hill in the distance. Source: Te Ara.co.nz

19 May 1847     The British Army were stationed in Whanganui to protect settler communities against Māori from up river who were suspected of having hostile intentions towards Pākehā.

Land disputes and contested purchases aggrieved Whanganui Māori who had participated in the Hutt wars of 1846. On 19 May 1846, a war party from up river attacked the township, though most settlers had retreated to the Rutland Stockade for safety.

19 July 1847

Site of Rutland Stockade today, Whanganui.

A further attack launched by Māori on the Rutland Stockade and, this time, the York Stockade about a mile away. Fierce fighting took place in St John’s Wood, near the York Stockade.  Three British soldiers died and eleven were wounded. Māori lost three dead also, with ten reported as wounded.