Pre Federation British Uniform Buttons from NZ
14th Regiment of Foot
Backmarked P. Tait Limerick
For a better condition button, and more on this regiment, see http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/uncategorized/26th-october-2020/
Peter Tait opened the Limerick Clothing Company in 1853. See http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/uncategorized/6th-november-2020/
The 14th Foot were stationed in Australian colonies from 1866-1870, travelling there after a period serving in New Zealand from 1860-1866.
Detachments of Royal Engineers were stationed in New Zealand from around 1840. to superintend the erection and control of military and convict buildings. During conflicts, they were responsible for setting up entrenchments and batteries as well as other duties.The 6th company of Royal Engineers arrived in 1847 with most finally leaving in 1866, excepting those who had retired and chose to stay.