Sixteen-year-old Mitch is caught stealing food for his family and given the choice to take the Queen's shilling or be shipped to Van Deiman's land in irons.
Thus, he started a new life with the 58th, from training in Ireland to fighting off bushwhackers in Rio. Mitch's life would see him head out to Australia with a shipload of convicts then on to fight in the New Zealand wars between 1845 and 1872 and survive seven campaigns.
Little did he know that this would shape him towards becoming an important person in the early days of New Zealand's colonisation.
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