Skirmish at Saint John’s Wood, Whanganui
1847, 330 x 585mm, Watercolour on paper
George Hyde Page arrived in Aotearoa in 1845. He fought in the land war in the north and was present at the attack of Kawiti’s pā at Ruapekapeka in the Bay of Islands. Following his participation in the war at Whanganui, he was stationed in Tāmaki Makaurau, where he married the daughter of General Pitt, Lieutenant Governor of New Ulster, as the northern part of New Zealand was then known. After Pitt’s death in 1851, Page returned to England. He later served in the Crimea, rising to the rank of Major General in 1882.