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Von Tempsky's Ghost Television (Full Length) – 2002 Documentary

Von Tempsky's Ghost

Television (Full Length) – 2002 Documentary

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Mike King presents the story of Gustavus Von Tempsky: swashbuckling colonial soldier of fortune, "flamboyant folk hero" and "our first pin up boy". The Prussian-born artist, self-promoter, romantic and adventurer, led an elite unit — the Forest Rangers — in the 1860s New Zealand Wars, garbed in trademark Garibaldi shirt, kilt and calvary sabre. His bush-fighting skill attracted respect from Māori foes, who named him "manu rau" (many birds); but also controversy after an infamous raid. He met his demise fighting guerilla leader Titokowaru.

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Bright Spark Television

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Bright Spark Television

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air

Music

Additional Music by Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns