New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa
“Walter Callaway - A Māori Warrior of the Boer War”: book published and Coromandel heritage trail set to open
“Walter Callaway – A Māori Warrior of the Boer War”, written by Mike Dwight, gives an extra perspective on New Zealand’s involvement in the South African War of 1899-1902.
Walter Callaway (Wāta Te Wahahuia) of Coromandel was among the first New Zealanders ever to fight abroad. He became one of the first Māori officers in the New Zealand Army. This book reveals a forgotten hero and tells not only about a remarkable soldier, but also highlights the horrors and hardships of war.
More information, including where to obtain a copy of the book, can be found at www.waltercallaway.com
The Walter Callaway Trail to be launched during RWC2011
Walter Callaway's story has been embraced by residents on the Coromandel and an exhibition and heritage trail is being launched during the Rugby World Cup in September.
As a young man, Walter worked industriously on the Coromandel as a logger and gold miner. He never lost his Māori identity, which he inherited from his mother, and he immersed himself fully into the vibrant sporting and social life of the Coromandel peninsula.
The Walter Callaway Trail focuses not only on his life on the Coromandel, but tells of his unique experiences while serving for New Zealand in the South African War of 1899-1902. By following Walter’s story, visitors to the heritage trail are able to grasp the complexities and hardships New Zealanders faced while serving their fledgling nation and the British Empire in South Africa. A brochure on the Walter Callaway Trail is attached.
|Callaway Heritage Trail Brochure.pdf|