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THE FIFTY-EIGHT REGIMENT.

, This day sixty-four years ago.th^lrrt ' two hundred:men of Her Majesty's" 58tli! Regiment arrived from Sydney,' and: ". landed in Auckland, under the command of the late Major Matson, of Parnell, Lieutenant Belnavis being adjutant, ilhe men arrived in the North Star man-of-war, and they were put into a hotel converted into a barracks at the ol [ Shortland-street. The regiment at once • set to work upon the ramj arts round { Britomart Barracks, and, after thit I work was completed, the headquarters o! ■ the regiment- arrived, in Auckland in i April, the whole regiment, with a fen i exceptions, being sent to winter, at, the i Bay of Islands, where they were,.en; y I gaged at Okihau, Ohiwi and Ruapeka-' • peka. Then peace was proclaimed. Some .. I .men remained in the Bay of Islands, a j few in Auckland, the remainder of the i i regiment was sent to Wellington , pro; V i vinee, where it was in several engage* > ments. The regiment returned to Eng- : ! land in May, 1858, with about 200 men, , the balance, of about a thousand, re- ! maining in New Zealand, chiefljf'ia Auckland. ~ , Of that first two hundred men whai arrived here sixty-four years ago onlj| • two are now alive—Sergeant Jesse Sage, of this city, to whom we are indebted for : these particulars, and private Gilham, of , Mangawai. Neither of these two .veterr : ans lias ever been out of the province of Auckland since 1845—-"except fighting round Wanganui," said Sergeant JeBM.' J "but that's nothing." . "~

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THE FIFTY-EIGHT REGIMENT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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