Cricket was introduced to New Zealand by gentlemen arriving from England as settlers, but it received a boost in the North Island by the presence of soldiers during the New Zealand wars. This photograph shows a cricket match at Pukearuhe Armed Constabulary Station in north Taranaki. The players are non-commissioned officers of No. 9 Company, Taranaki Military Settlers. The fieldsman closest to the camera at mid-on is wearing a pistol holster.
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