Vintage Concertina Pictures

Troops assembling for the march to Parihaka in 1881. Chris Ghent saw this photo reprinted in the New Zealand Listener and posted it: Chris says ”The picture was taken at an important NZ historical moment. The troops (British Imperial) were preparing for what they assumed would be a battle with rebel Maori. They were in fact met at Parihaka by children singing and bread baked for them. This particular tribe were into passive resistance and arms were not allowed in the village. It has been said (probably apocryphal but it is a nice touch) Gandhi heard the Parihaka story and was inspired by it. But the army were on a mission to confiscate land and although they were hoping to find resistance to use as an excuse they sacked the village anyway and imprisoned the chiefs. It seems one man was carrying a concertina.”

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