A Taniwha Saga

The Waikato Alligator Story.

Evening Post, Volume XXXII, Issue 120, 5 October 1886, Page 2

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THE WAIKATO ALLIGATOR AGAIN.

Taranaki Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 7206, 26 October 1886, Page 2

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THE WAIKATO ALLIGATOR

Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXIX, Issue 11389, 29 October 1886, Page 2

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THE WAIKATO TANIWHA

Evening Post, Volume XXXII, Issue 153, 13 November 1886, Page 2

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THE WAIKATO SAURIAN AGAIN.

Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XV, Issue 2136, 10 May 1887, Page 3

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THE SAURIAN.

Star , Issue 6076, 4 November 1887, Page 3

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THE RAGLAN TANIWHA!

Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume IX, Issue 1774, 7 November 1887, Page 2

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THE SAURIAN MONSTER.

Auckland Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 269, 15 November 1887, Page 8

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THE TANIWHA AGAIN

Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1761, 8 February 1888, Page 3

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This appears to be the end of the saga, but this is just the basic outline of this story over the course of the year and a half it played out. other items worthy of interest include

More detailed personal accounts by the initial sighters of the monster

A detailed breakdown of the creature seen by the Castleton boys

Waikato Taniwha drawings described and relating of an incident with a giant eel

Capture of Saurian (seal) 1886

A shaggy dog tale about its capture in a museum 1886

Capture of the Saurian (a misidentified Tuatara) 1889

With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand.

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