The Steam Ship Alexandra 1865

The SS Alexandra was one of 5 steam ships to regularly deliver supplies to the Clifton Redoubt, a military outpost and settlement at Pukearuhe White Cliffs, south of the Mokau River.

The difficult of pioneering days in North Taranaki, are recalled by Mrs. Elizabeth Ann O’Donnell,

 

The Tainui anchor was raised from the bed Mokau River in 1927

One of Mokau’s most captivating characters was David Coburn or “Rewi”. He joined the Maniapotos as Wetere Te Rerenga’s taurekareka, or slave. However, he was treated well enough was given five wives in his time and was father to no less than twenty-five children.