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In the 1861 Census (7 April 1861) Francis William Boon, aged 16 years 7 months,
HMS Miranda appears to have spent almost 5 years on the Australia Station, being commissioned for the Station on 6 October 1860 and paying off back in England on 3 June 1865.
Whilst on the Station Miranda was involved in the Maori Wars, in New Zealand, in April 1864. Men from Miranda attacked the Gate Pah fortifications, now Tauranga, on the Bay of Plenty. A memorial at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, commemorates those who fell in action in New Zealand in 1863-4, including Private Levi Kent and Gunner George Watts of HMS Miranda.