Hamilton was founded in 1864 as a British military base during the New Zealand wars. Its initial purpose was to stop ‘hostile’ Māori travelling on the Waikato River. Redoubts were built on elevated sites on both sides of the river, and settlements developed below them. A punt – shown in this 1866 photo of the west bank – connected the two sides.
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