Topic: Archibald Hood (1824 - 1913)

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Sergeant-Major, Royal Artillery, Poet & Author

Archibald Hood

Archibald Hood 

 Archibald Hood arrived in New Zealand as a Sergeant-Major with the Royal Artillery in 1861 and was later awarded service medals for Crimea and New Zealand. He was discharged in New Plymouth after a military service of 21 years. 

As an R A veteran he was selected to unveil the Royal Artillery hatchment at St Mary's in 1909 (See Documents below) He died, aged 89 [tombstone] or 87 [death notice] 2 January 1913 and is buried, with his wife Mary, in Te Henui Cemetery (Anglican Block B Row 32)

In the 1880s and 90s he published four small booklets which were printed locally by the Taranaki Herald or Thomas Avery Ltd.

1.    Oronoa - A Story  of Paritutu, T. Avery,1887

2.   The Sunken Island - A Maori Legend,Taranaki Herald,1887

3.  Dickey Barrett - With His Ancient Mariners, Taranaki Herald,1890

4.   Johnny Fro - A Fairy Tale. T. Avery,1894.

Archibald Hood was also well-known at the time for his patriotic poetry - some of which were published in the Taranaki Herald ( See Documents below)

 He is, though, best-remembered for his gift  of a maze, composed of 3-4000 boxthorn plants, to Pukekura Park in 1892 (See: Hutchinson, Ian: Magazine of Friends of Pukekura Park, Vol 11 #3, 2016.)

Archibald married Mary Hoskin (nee Lye) after her husband died in 1860. Mary was a successful local business woman running Victoria House - a general store and grocery. (See Te Ara Biography in Documents below) Mary died in 1902 and is buried in Te Henui Cemetery.

For further articles on Oronoa see Documents below and Moorhead, Murray: Tales of Old North Taranaki , 1991, pp1-3.


                   Oronoa  - A Story of Paritutu, 1890.               The Sunken Island - A Maori Legend 1887.                                                  

                                                      Oronoa - 1887                                            The Sunken Island - 1887


                              Dickey Barrett - With His Ancient Mariners, 1890.               Johnny Fro - A Fairy Tale.

                                          Dickey Barrett - 1890                                          Johnny Fro - 1894



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Archibald Hood (1824 - 1913)

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