William Buchanan Maxwell: a veteran who became ‘Te Aroha’s pet adornment’
Hart, P. (2016). William Buchanan Maxwell: a veteran who became ‘Te Aroha’s pet adornment’. (Te Aroha Mining District Working papers, No. 147). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Historical Research Unit.
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Famous in Te Aroha as a veteran soldier, Maxwell had fought in the Crimea, China, and India before fighting against Maori in New Zealand. Proud of his four wounds, he would lead a detachment of volunteers marching off to war in 1915. In his personal life, despite his involvement in the New Zealand land wars he would marry a Maori. After the fighting ceased, he had a variety of low-skilled jobs in Rotorua, Tauranga, and Ohinemuri before settling in Te Aroha, where he was a fireman. At Te Aroha he did a little prospecting, but did not really deserve the title ‘miner’. His jovial personality made him one of Te Aroha’s most popular residents.
Historical Research Unit, University of Waikato
© 2016 Philip Hart