Maori Warriors soldiers and thieves were sent to Australia as convicts!

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As a descendant of several of the Fencibles (defenders of Auckland during the Maori wars) and of an early settler who watched the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, I was so interested to read this article.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/nz-convicts-sent-to-australia-maori-warriors-thieves-soldiers/9080566
asked in The Tree House by Susan Scarcella G2G6 Mach 6 (66.6k points)
retagged by Abby Glann
Thanks for this Susan.   I've added a link to the article on our New Zealand History page.

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Conversely, some indigenous people from Australia found their way to New Zealand. I've been looking into the stories of pre-colonial whale and seal hunters who worked off Australia's southern coasts around 1800 - 1830. To their eternal shame,many of them abducted indigenous women to provide slave labour and sexual services. The women travelled vast distances with these men, the same women being recorded in Tasmania, kangaroo Island, Sydney and as far afield as King George Sound. One woman and her children was taken to New Zealand but all the males of the party were killed and she was left behind there. I think she survived by virtue of being non-white.
answered by Anne Tichborne G2G6 Mach 3 (34.4k points)
Hi Anne,   thanks for this.  Do you have any links we can add to the Category - NZ History page ?

Found it. The relevant quote is:"pre-1824: James Stewart:The Samuel arrived Sydney with sealskins and James Stewart who claimed he came from Kangaroo Island, and an aboriginal woman with a two year old child. She had been taken by an American ship General Gates and left on the South Cape of New Zealand with a sealing gang." The reference is to Nunn, Jean M., 1989, This Southern Land, Investigator Press, Hawthorndene p 33..

I found this reference in a paper from the Dept of Archaeology, Flinders University here:  http://ehlt.flinders.edu.au/projects/counterpoints/Proc_2002/A9.htm#_ftnref192

You might also be interested in this. Note there's a source near the bottom: "Australian Aborigines in New Zealand"  http://sarahdrummond.org/the-sound-1/2016/7/31/8zu4bkxlgkts9rhu8b62ptdkkhmn4z

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Please keep this article in context, New Zealand was a lawless corner of the South Pacific in this period. The British were just beginning to try to impose some authority on their own escaped convicts in New Zealand and beginning to make an effort to contain the detritus washed up in the wake of  sealing and whaling activities along the coast, and runaway sailors from the American whalers heading to the Solomons. There was no legal authority in New Zealand, Maori were responsible for policing themselves and there was no one to police the riffraff along the coast and hiding out in the bush. My favourite are the black Americans who went bush; the mangu pakeha.
answered by Valerie Willis G2G6 Mach 6 (60.5k points)
Well explained, Valerie. I wasn't aware of mangu pakeha. There's always something new to learn.

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