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WW1: COUNCILS DO THEIR BIT
Remembering the dead

There are few towns in NZ without a memorial to the fallen. The form they take varies and includes monuments, gates, halls and bridges. New Zealand’s national day of remembrance was initially Armistice Day, but during the 1920s the focus switched to ANZAC Day.

   

Feilding War Memorial Opening Programme and two photographs of the opening ceremony.

Reference: MDC 00002 : 10 : 9 

 

     

The Weraroa Memorial Gates in Levin. These were opened by the Prime Minister William Massey on Wednesday 21 March, 1923 at 11.30am.

Reference: TDC 00008 : 3 : 2

 

 

 

 

   

         
 

While first marked in 1916, ANZAC Day did not become a public holiday until 1920. The Returned Services Association sought the support of councils as they lobbied the government.

Reference: TDC 00008 : 3 : 2



 

These are the unveiling dates for just some of the memorials in the region:

Apiti War Memorial - 1934, April 25

Bunnythorpe War Memorial - 1920, December 12

Cheltenham War Memorial - 1919, November 9

Colyton War Memorial - 1919, September 28

Dannevirke War Memorial - 1924, April 25

Feilding War Memorial - 1923, October 3

Foxton War Memorial - 1920, June 1

Halcombe War Memorial - 1921, July 28

Hunterville War Memorial - 1923, April 15

Kaiparoro ANZAC Bridge Memorial - 1923, April 25

Kaitieke War Memorial - 1923, January 22

Kimbolton War Memorial - 1921, February 4

Levin War Memorial - 1923, March 15

Manakau War Memorial - 1922, April 25

Marton War Memorial - 1922, April 25

Moutoa War Memorial - 1926, July 13

Norsewood War Memorial - 1921, October 28

Ohingaiti War Memorial - 1922, April 24

Pahiatua War Memorial - 1922, July 20

Rewa War Memorial - 1920, March 27

Rongotea War Memorial - 1921, November 28

Sanson War Memorial - 1924, August 31

Shannon War Memorial - 1924, April 25

Taihape War Memorial - 1927, May 17

Taonui School War Memorial - 1920, September 26

Taumarunui War Memorial - 1922, April 25

Weraroa Memorial Gates - 1923, March 21 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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