The Royal New Zealand Fencibles 1847-1852.
Due to limited supply the book is now only available to paid up members of the Society. Please email the Society at the address below for the application form to be sent to you to complete.
Published in 1997 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Fencibles to New Zealand.
The book is comprised of two sections. Part one records the events that gave rise to their formation, the terms and establishment of the corps and the history and development of the Fencible villages: Part two contains brief biographies in essay form of the Fencible men and their families. Included is a large number of photographs, documents, maps and pictures.
It is A4 in size, 256 pages, soft cover at a cost of $30 including packaging and courier within NZ. Overseas prices on application. There are only 2 copies of the book avaiable. Both are slightly damaged. One has a small amount of damage where 2 pages of the index were joined together. The other has a small amount of damage to the cover.
The book can be obtained by emailing us for bank account details for funds transfer. email@example.com
The Royal New Zealand Fencibles were a troop of retired soldiers who enlisted from England and Ireland, embarking upon their journey to New Zealand at Governor Grey’s request. Civil unrest in this fledgling country provoked Governor Grey and Governor Fitzroy to call for “men in receipt of pensions... of good character... under 48 years of age, with a minimum of 15 years service”, during the years 1847-1852. The candidates approved were enrolled to serve in our country for seven years, and travelled with their families on one of the ten Fencible ships.
This book records their arrival in New Zealand and the establishment of the four Auckland based villages designed for the Royal N.Z. Fencibles – Onehunga, Howick, Panmure and Otahuhu. A number of interesting photographs, documents, maps and pictures are included. The final section of the book compiles a collection of dossiers researched and donated by members of the NZ Fencible Society. Included are biographies of the Fencibles, their wives and families.
This book has been written to record and preserve the history of the ‘Royal N.Z. Fencible Corps’ for future researchers, historians and genealogists.