John Marmon, known as Jacky Marmon (1798-1800?–1880) was an Australian sailor, who became one of the first Europeans to live as a Pākehā Māori. His occupations included interpreter, shopkeeper, sawyer, carpenter and soldier.
Marmon was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of a convict of Irish descent. He went to sea at the age of 11, and sailed in merchant vessels throughout the Pacific. throughout the Pacific and between the Australian colonies.
In 1823 he was convicted of theft and sentenced to serve two years on government ships. From one of these he escaped while it was berthed in the north of New Zealand.
Life with the Māori
In Hokianga Marmon lived under the protection of the local chief Muriwai and married the daughter of another. He became fluent in Māori and travelled on the Ngāpuhi raids on the Hokianga under the leadership of Hongi Hika.
He attempted unsuccessfully to convince Hokianga Maori not to sign the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, but later during the period now known as the Flagstaff War he and the Hokianga Māori supported the British troops and Tāmati Wāka Nene; with Marmon himself recovering the bodies of the Europeans slain during the Battle of Ohaeawai.
He died at Rawhia on 3 September 1880 and the next year many newspapers serialised his autobiography as "The life and adventures of John Marmon, the Hokianga Pakeha Maori, or, seventy-five years in New Zealand".
- Roger Wigglesworth. 'Marmon, John - Marmon, John', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 30-Oct-2012
- Cowan, James (1922). "Chapter 6: The Fighting at Omapere". The New Zealand Wars: a history of the Maori campaigns and the pioneering period, Volume I: 1845–1864. Wellington: R.E. Owen. p. 39.
- "Book review: Cannibal Jack by Trevor Bentley", Jim Eagles, NZ Herald
- "DEATH OF AN OLD IDENTITY, JOHN MARMON", 6 August 1881, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser
- Paperspast: Page 3 Advertisements Column 6 Auckland Star, Volume XII, Issue 3521, 18 November 1881, Page 3