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Ahi Raranga Mohaka

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A pioneer cottage nestled amongst trees, with hills behind. Two women hanging washing on fence, a small boy playing with a dog, and two cows. The house is that of farmer John Lavin, and one of the women is likely to be his wife, the child with the dog most probably his oldest son Hawles, aged about 3. The dog pictured is possibly Rover, identified in A-235-009.

The Lavin family were all killed by Maori on 10 April 1869. There were three children by that date, Hawles, aged 11, Miles aged 8 and Henry aged 3.

Other Titles - Front view of our house. No. 2

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Mohaka, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand