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More on the Fencibles (2)

In 1846 Governor Grey requested a military force from Britain, as he was concerned about the ‘unrest’ between Māori and the early settlers in New Zealand. The English Parliament sent a detachment of retired soldiers, ‘The Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps.’ ‘Fencible’ means ‘capable of defending.’ The idea was to establish settler townships that could […]

More on the Fencibles (1)

A Marist Messenger reader, Mr Leo Cassin, pointed out an omission in the Messenger articles, in August and September 2016, about Fr Antoine Garin sm. As he wrote: Fencible soldiers were not only living at Panmure, Howick and Otahuhu. My great grandfather William Cassin was a sergeant Fencible stationed at Onehunga. As with the other […]