Majesty's Victorian Ship VICTORIA 1860 provided a landing party (see below)
at Taranaki New Zealand.
They served under Commodore Seymour of
the Imperial Naval Brigade.
As they were officially placed under the
Articles of War they became the first Australians (albeit colonial
Australian) who served in an organised, official military action in the
face of the enemy. Other Australians (approx 2,000) who fought in NZ were
in non-Australian units.
They took part in several actions,
including Kairau and Matarikoriko where the 2 officers were Mentioned in Despatches.
All would have been entitled to the New
Zealand Medal (see photo)
but records show only about 10 being awarded. Presumably the others were