Deputy Superintendent of Stores – Joseph Osbertus Hamley

Maull & Co (Photographers) : Joseph Osbertus Hamley

Portrait of Joseph Osbertus Hamley in military uniform, photographed by Maull & Co, of London, circa 1885. Maull & Co (Photographers): Joseph Osbertus Hamley. Ref: 1/2-096511-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22824704

 

During the conflicts that occurred in New Zealand between 1847 and 1870, Joseph Osbertus Hamley was a key player in the provision of Logistical support to the Imperial and Colonial Forces. Although Hamley played an important role in supporting the Imperial and Colonial Forces he has faded into obscurity. However, Hamley legacy is a collection of paintings that record various landscapes that Hamley observed while in the field.

Hamley had joined the Ordnance Department as an 18-year-old in 1838 and appointed to the Ordnance Department in Sydney. Transferred to New Zealand in 1847, Hamley was appointed Deputy Ordnance Storekeeper in Wellington and participated in the Hutt Valley and Wanganui campaigns. In 1857 he was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Stores as the head of the Imperial Army’s Military Store Department.[1]

The Military Store Department is an organisation whose contribution to the campaigns of the 1860s has been overshadowed by the much larger and more well-known Commissariat, but existing records show that Hamley was well regarded and provided effective leadership of the Military Store Department.  Hamley was no military bureaucrat but a man of action who when fires threatened both Wellington and Auckland, Hamley would also play a key role in leading the firefighting efforts. [2] [3] On one occasion in Wellington, Hamley risked his own life saving the life of a girl who had fallen into Wellington Harbour.[4] A keep sportsman, Hamley was a keen cricket player and also established the Hamley Shooting Club and Swimming Baths in Auckland.

After thirty-two years of overseas service, of which twenty-Three had been spent in New Zealand, and one of the last Imperial Officers remaining in New Zealand, Hamley would return to England in 1870.[5]  Hamley would retire as a Major-General in 1880 after more than 42 years of service and died on 5 July 1911.

A keen painter and sketch artist Hamley produced over fifty-one watercolours of various scenes while on campaign in various part of New Zealand. Providing a value record of early New Zealand, this collection now resides in the Turnbull Library at Wellington.

 

 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :[March on the beach between Wanganui and Taranaki. A stroll on the beach, Mount Egmont in the distance after marching all night. Wanganui Campaign. 16 February 1856]
Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :[March on the beach between Wanganui and Taranaki. A stroll on the beach, Mount Egmont in the distance after marching all night. Wanganui Campaign. 16 February 1856]. Ref: E-047-q-038. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

 

New Plymouth from Marsland Hill
Photograph of an ink and watercolour painting, dated 1860 and signed by Joseph Osbertus Hamley. Looks over New Plymouth from Marsland Hill. St Mary’s Anglican church is in the foreground. The Huatoki River is visible. The camp on the right is occupied by Imperial forces of the 65th Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Urquhart. Photograph taken by John Nicol Crombie circa 1861.  Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911. New P

 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Auckland, Ordnance Store buildings, Fort Britomart [August 1864]
Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Auckland, Ordnance Store buildings, Fort Britomart [August 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-030. A

 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Auckland, with St Paul's church, and Ordnance Store, Fort Britomart [August 1864]
Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Auckland, with St Paul’s church, and Ordnance Store, Fort Britomart [August 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-029. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22654738

 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Taranaki, Mount Eliot in centre, landing place at base, New Plymouth [July 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Taranaki, Mount Eliot in the centre, landing place at base, New Plymouth [July 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-024. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22780364

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Auckland Cemetery. Graves of Commodore Burnett, R. N. and Captain Mercer, R. A. [Between late 1863 and 1866]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Auckland Cemetery. Graves of Commodore Burnett, R. N. and Captain Mercer, R. A. [Between late 1863 and 1866]. Ref: E-047-q-023. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22762994

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :[Sandhills and waterfall near Tauranga. 1864?]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :[Sandhills and waterfall near Tauranga. 1864?]. Ref: E-047-q-047. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22312176

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Soldiers bathing. Wanganui Beach [January 1865?]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Soldiers bathing. Wanganui Beach [January 1865?]. Ref: E-047-q-040. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22834039

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Near Nukumaru. [January 1865?]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Near Nukumaru. [January 1865?]. Ref: E-047-q-042. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22915539

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Maungatautari [March or April 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Maungatautari [March or April 1864]. Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Sketches in New Zealand [ca 1860 to 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-034. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22874689

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Whata Whata peach grove [Spring, 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Whata Whata peach grove [Spring, 1864]. Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Sketches in New Zealand [ca 1860 to 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-014. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22884414

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Kanniwanniwah, Waikato [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Kanniwanniwah, Waikato [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-032. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22340150

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Whata Whata peach gardens [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Whata Whata peach gardens [1864]. Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Sketches in New Zealand [ca 1860 to 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-013. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23089592

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :View from Razorback [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: View from Razorback [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-003. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22805954

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Soldiers making gabions, Pukerimu, Waikato [April? 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Soldiers making gabions, Pukerimu, Waikato [April? 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-033. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22801039

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Te Rore, Waikato [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Te Rore, Waikato [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-011. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23221070

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Ngaruawahia from opposite bank. General's quarters. King's palace. King's flagstaff. Council Chambers [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Ngaruawahia from opposite bank. General’s quarters. King’s palace. King’s flagstaff. Council Chambers [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-009. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23169418

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Meremere, Waikato [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Meremere, Waikato [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-006. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23192397

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Taranaki landing place [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Taranaki landing place [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-020. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22631635

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :Taupiri, looking down the Waikato [March 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Taupiri, looking down the Waikato [March 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-008. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23082097

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :Waiari. Hongi's pah on the left - 70th Regt's redoubt on the right. [February 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Waiari. Hongi’s pah on the left – 70th Regt’s redoubt on the right. [February 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-015. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23148710

Zealand. /records/22863632

 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :Waitotara. [1865]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Waitotara. [1865]. Ref: E-047-q-012. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22324767

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Camp at Patea [1865]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Camp at Patea [1865]. Ref: E-047-q-050. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22317949

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :Horowhenua Lake, famous for wild duck shooting. [Lake Papaitonga, ca 1870]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Horowhenua Lake, famous for wild duck shooting. [Lake Papaitonga, ca 1870]. Ref: E-047-q-051. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23142967

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Camp at Waitotara, Taranaki - Wanganui [1864. One of our Brasier's non fighting days]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Camp at Waitotara, Taranaki – Wanganui [1864. One of our Brasier’s non fighting days]. Ref: E-047-q-036. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22772498

lymouth from Marsland Hill. Ref: PA1-q-250-05. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23179948

 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :[Oakura Stream near Taranaki. 28 June 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Oakura Stream near Taranaki. 28 June 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-037. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23152927

 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Wanganui, showing blockhouses from the sandhills. [16 January 1865]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Wanganui, showing blockhouses from the sandhills. [16 January 1865]. Ref: E-047-q-039. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22323722

lexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22813691

 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Te Awamutu from Picquet Hill [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Te Awamutu from Picquet Hill [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-017. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22794696

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Henui Bridge, Taranaki [June 1865]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Henui Bridge, Taranaki [June 1865]. Ref: E-047-q-022. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22634591

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :The Bluff Stockade, Waikato [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :The Bluff Stockade, Waikato [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-004. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23042698

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Near Ngaruawahia [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Near Ngaruawahia [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-010. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23160348

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :Pukerimu, Waikato. [April 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Pukerimu, Waikato. [April 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-046. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23142277

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :Martin's Farm, Drury, on the road to the Waikato. [1863]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Martin’s Farm, Drury, on the road to the Waikato. [1863]. Ref: E-047-q-001. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22788823

[Hamley, Joseph Osbertus] 1820-1911 :Blewitt's Redoubt. Rangiawhia. [ca 1864].

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Blewitt’s Redoubt. Rangiawhia. [ca 1864].. Ref: E-047-q-016. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22672192

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :[Maori fishing pa, Wanganui Coast near Hawera, possibly the Waingongoro River, South Taranaki, 1864 or 1865]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Maori fishing pa, Wanganui Coast near Hawera, possibly the Waingongoro River, South Taranaki, 1864 or 1865]. Ref: E-047-q-043. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23178467


 

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Nukumaru - Lieut. Johnson killed there. [Picket at Nukumaru, 30 January 1865]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Nukumaru – Lieut. Johnson killed there. [Picket at Nukumaru, 30 January 1865]. Ref: E-047-q-041. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23202880

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911 :Bell Block near Taranaki. [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus 1820-1911: Bell Block near Taranaki. [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-026. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23099222

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Taupiri from the Coal mines [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Taupiri from the Coal mines [1864]. Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Sketches in New Zealand [ca 1860 to 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-007. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23133076

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Marsland Hill, Taranaki [New Plymouth, 22 June 1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Marsland Hill, Taranaki [New Plymouth, 22 June 1864]. Ref: E-047-q-019. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23031226

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :Onehunga, near Auckland. [1864]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: Onehunga, near Auckland. [1864]. Ref: E-047-q-027. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23199887

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911 :View looking up the Patea River. [South Taranaki, 1865]

Hamley, Joseph Osbertus, 1820-1911: View looking up the Patea River. [South Taranaki, 1865]. Ref: E-047-q-045. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23030473

 

Notes

[1] Una Platts, Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists : A Guide & Handbook (Christchurch, N.Z. : Avon Fine Prints, 1980, 1980), Bibliographies, Non-fiction, Collective biography, 117.

[2] “Accident,” Daily Southern Cross, Volume XVI, Issue 1204, , 15 March 1859.

[3] “Fire in Wyndham Street,” New Zealander, Volume XIX, Issue 1944, Page 2, 12 August 1863.

[4] “Local Intelligence,” Wellington Independent, Volume XV, Issue 1328, , 2 March 1859

[5] “Projected Departure of Mr Hamley,” Wellington Independent, Volume XXV, Issue 3017, 9 July 1870.

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