A number of veterans of military service in India immigrated to New Zealand. Canterbury politicians John Cracroft Wilson and De Renzie James Brett both saw service during the 'Indian Mutiny' (1857–58). They named their Canterbury properties after locations in India. Wilson lived at Cashmere; Brett at Kirwee. Other prominent veterans of Indian military service included William Cargill, leader of the early Otago settlement; Arthur Saunders Thomson, author of the first major history of New Zealand; John Larkins Cheese Richardson, Otago farmer and politician; William Garden Cowie, the Bishop of Auckland; and Frederick Wollaston Hutton, scientist and university professor. The Ralph family, who established coal mining in the Huntly area, came out from India as military settlers in 1849. This photograph shows a group of veterans at a Government House fête in 1900.
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