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Colonel Marmaduke George Nixon, 1814 - 1864, 39th Regiment of Foot

A New Zealand Connection

Colonel Marmaduke Nixon commanded the Colonial Volunteer Forces in the Waikato War during which he was killed near Te Awamutu in 1864. A tall monument to him stands on the Great South Road at Otahuhu. Nixon Avenue in Auckland is named after him.

Marmaduke Nixon was born in Malta, and having passed through Sandhurst he was commissioned Ensign in the 39th Regiment of Foot (later the Dorset's) in 1831. He served with the regiment for twenty one years, sixteen of the in India. Being present at the Battle of Maharajpore when Ensign Bray was killed carrying the Colours (see Bray display on the 1st Floor of the museum).

In India a fellow officer of the 39th was Captain Theodore Haultain who later commanded a company of military pensioners in New Zealand, and became a neighbour of Nixon's near Auckland. Both men became members of the House of Representatives, and gained the New Zealand Medal for the 2nd Maori war (1860-1866) in addition to the Maharajpore Star (1843).