Author(s): Barbara Mabbett
Samuel Austin's military career began with the British army and ended with the Wanganui Native Contingent in their campaign to capture Te Kooti in 1870. Drawn extensively from Austin's own diary, this is the story of his adventurous life as a soldier, settler, and family man. From his childhood in Ireland and service with the 65th Regiment, it vividly details the extensive action he took part in during the turbulent years of the New Zealand Wars, and his later life as a colonist in the growing town of Wanganui.
Barbara Mabbett MA Hons was a teacher, then worked in curriculum development before becoming general manager of Learning Media. After retirement in 1993 she undertook contracts in resource development and teacher education before turning to the enjoyable task of recording the life and times of her great-great-uncle, Samuel Austin.