Button, Military

A military button from the 70th (East Surrey) Regiment of Foot, which served in New Zealand between 1863 and 1866. The badge is circular and raised in the centre with two rings around its border. " 70 " is embossed in the centre. The metal of the button is badly corroded and as such the badge is green and rust brown in colour. On the reverse of the badge is a deep groove and a small loop for attaching the button to a uniform. The word " BIRMINGHAM " is just legible on the reverse but other text is unreadable.
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This well-worn badge hints at the multilayered history present at the site of the New Plymouth Prison on Marsland Hill. This button belonged to a member of the 70th Regiment, colloquially known as the "Glasgow Greys". The regiment were stationed at the barracks at Marsland Hill between 1863 and 1866. After the end of the Taranaki Wars, the old military hospital on the Marsland Hill site was converted to become the New Plymouth Prison, and it was on the grounds of the prison that this button was uncovered.
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