The matter was complex, and as reported by E W PUCKEY (Under Secretary Native Dept), there were long running issues surrounding the survey of land in this area.
There is a full report in the Wanganui Herald 1 Sep 1879, below is a portion of this article.
A full account of the incident is also made by TOSS HAMMOND of Thames, and his manuscript is available at The Treasury, Thames. Researching this incident, brought surprising results for my own family research, as I found that CLEM CORNES (GGGrandfather) had been involved in rescuing the injured MCWILLIAMS and transporting him for treatment. Showing the need to check indexes and read as much as possible, in the quest to find those little extra stories - that give your family history those stories long forgotten.
|Part of D McWilliams' account|
from Hammond Manuscript
Obituary Notes in the Ohinemuri Journal also an article on Mrs Daldy McWilliams