Kapi-Mana News - - FEATURE -

1840s: Once peace­ful, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Maori and Pakeha be­came more frac­tious. 1846: Soldiers be­gan to build the bar­racks in April 1846, un­der the di­rec­tion of Gover­nor Ge­orge Grey. 1847: The bar­racks were com­pleted af­ter some dif­fi­culty. A small vil­lage sprang up just north of the fort. 1848: Three earthquakes in three days caused a large crack in the build­ing, and it was evac­u­ated. 1852: Soldiers left the area, and the vil­lage was even­tu­ally aban­doned. 1855: An­other earthquake caused fur­ther dam­age to the bar­racks. 1875: The Walker fam­ily be­gan farm­ing in the Ngati Toa area, and the bar­racks were turned into a farm­house. James Walker set up the first rugby field in the area. 1910: The Walker fam­ily left the area. 1959: The site was ex­ca­vated, but van­dals de­stroyed some of the brick­work. 2004: A chain link fence was erected to de­ter van­dals, who had been chip­ping away at the fort over the years.

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