Soldier with a pipe, book and drink
Life for a European soldier during the Taranaki campaigns wasn’t all fighting. In fact, for most of the time soldiers worked on fatigues, (menial non-military jobs like collecting firewood or watering horses etc.) marching, patrolling, constructing defensive positions and as we can see here, relaxing. This painting shows reading was a popular activity (as was, and still is, alcohol) and also smoking – which in those days was done using a pipe. Another activity implicit in this image is painting. Some British officers documented their soldiering lives through sketches and paintings. New Zealand examples included, Edward Williams, Cyprian Bridge, Horatio Robley and Von Tempsky.