Topic: Philip Harington (1833-1896)

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Lieutenant Colonel Philip Harington arrived in Tauranga in 1864 as officer in charge of the 1st Waikato Militia. He later transferred to the Armed Constabulary with the rank of Inspector. In the general allocation of farm land to military settlers Harington received a prime site on Cambridge Road still known by the name he gave it, Kelston. Harington Street in Tauranga is named for him. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Philip Harington was born 9 September 1833 at Ryde on the Isle of Wight in the historic county of Hampshire in southern England. He was christened at St Thomas in Ryde on 18 February 1834. His parents were Edward Musgrave and Jane Ann Harington (nee Thomas) who married in c1826. Edward was a Captain in the Royal Navy.

Philip married Grace Hill on 11 August 1858 at Bramshaw, Hampshire, England. Her parents were Charles John Hill (1797-1876) and Ann Symonds (1798-1874) who married in Newington, Surrey, England, on 21 October 1818. Philip and Grace had six children together:

  1. John Edward Musgrave Harington (1860-1946). Born at Plymouth, Devon, England, on 23 August 1860.
  2. Ethel Grace Harington (1862-1882). Born at Plymouth, Devon, England, on 22 March 1862.
  3. Arthur Vivian Harington (1864-1913). Born at Beaumont Lodge, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand, on 5 June 1864. HARINGTON On June 5, at Beaumont Lodge, Epsom, the wife of Lieutenant Colonel Philip Harington, 1st Waikato Regiment, of a son [Daily Southern Cross, 7 June 1864] .
  4. Charles Philip Harington (1865-1920). Born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 14 October 1865. HARINGTON On October 14, at Auckland, the wife of Colonel Harington, commanding Waikato Militia, of a son [Daily Southern Cross, 17 October 1865, p.4] .
  5. Richard Cecil Moorsom Harington (1866-1936). Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, on 25 December 1866.
  6. Cleveland Harington (1869-?). Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, on 15 February 1869. BIRTHS On February 15, at Tauranga, the wife of Colonel Harington, of a son [Daily Southern Cross, 9 March 1869, p. 3].

On 22 April 1864 Lieutenant Colonel Harington was appointed Commander of the 1st Waikato Regiment Military Settlers (Glen, p. 182).

There are conflicting accounts as to whether Harington was at the Battle of Gate Pa in Tauranga on 29 April 1864.

Gilbert Mair on page 12 of The Story of Gate Pa states; "By this time the First Waikato Regiment, under Colonel Harington, had arrived at Te Papa, increasing the force there to 2000 men."

But in Australian's at War in New Zealand Frank Glen states; "In June 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Philip Harington, who had replaced Colonel Pitt as commander of the 1st Waikato, landed in Tauranga with a reinforcement contingent of 280 men and instructions that the volunteers undertake garrison duties and eventual settlement on the East Coast" (p. 163).

When Colonel Greer surrounded Maori at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864 he dispatched a messenger back to Tauranga with orders to Colonel Harington to send another artillery piece and the remaining military settlers (Glen, 164). The Waitangi Tribunal states:

At the beginning of May, the Defence Minister instructed Colonel Philip Harington, the officer commanding the colonial forces at Tauranga, to ascertain the number and position of hostile Maori in the district. If a ‘rebel’ force was found at Whakamarama, Harington was to send an expedition of militia and Te Arawa to dislodge them. Harington consulted Clarke, who understood that such a force had recently gathered at Whakamarama and who recommended that an expedition be sent to destroy their supplies. But Harington declined, saying that he lacked clear evidence of the presence of ‘Hauhaus’ at Whakamarama. He was reluctant to renew hostilities, pointing out both that there had been no attacks on settlers since the departure of the imperial troops and that the Kingitanga meeting was in the midst of deciding whether or not to continue fighting. Though Haultain disapproved of Harington’s decision not to send the expedition, no further action was taken (p. 250).

Philip died at Vale End, Beaumont, in the parish of St Peter on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands on 21 November 1896. He was buried on 25 November 1896.

Grace died in Hampshire, England, on 22 October 1927.

References: 1851 England Census. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Jersey, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1940.

Daily Southern Cross (9 March 1869, p. 3).

Daily Southern Cross (17 October 1865, p. 4).

Daily Southern Cross (7 June 1864).

Glen, Frank (2011). Australian's at War in New Zealand.

Jersey Heritage: Testament of Philip Harington of Vale End, Beaumont, St Peter, retired Colonel. Dated 05/12/1896.

Mair, Gilbert (1937). The Story of Gate Pa.

Rorke, Jinty. (1995-1996). Western Bay of Plenty Street Names.

Waitangi Tribunal. (2004). Te Raupatu o Tauranga Moana.

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Philip Harington (1833-1896)

First Names:Philip
Last Name:Harington
Date of Birth:9 September 1833
Place of Birth:Ryde, Isle of Wight
Country of birth:England
Date of death:21 November 1896
Place of death:Vale End, Beaumont, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands
Place of burial:Jersey, Channel Islands
Spouses name:Grace Hill
Spouses date of birth:26 July 1839
Spouses place of birth:Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Spouses date of death:22 October 1927
Spouses place of death:Hampshire, England
Spouses place of burial:England
Date of marriage:11 August 1858
Place of marriage:Bramshaw, Hampshire, England
Fathers name:Edward Musgrave Harington
Fathers date of birth:August 1789
Fathers place of birth:Norwich, Norfolk, England
Fathers date of death:7 July 1842
Fathers place of death:Isle of Wight, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Mothers name:Jane Ann Thomas
Mothers date of birth:25 January 1798
Mothers place of birth:Bath, Somerset, England
Mothers date of death:1 February 1893
Mothers place of death:Bath, Somerset, England
Military Service:New Zealand Wars