War me­mo­rial tour be­ing set up

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A tour of Cen­tral Otago’s World War I memo­ri­als will be launched to co­in­cide with a Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum & Art Gallery WWI ex­hi­bi­tion, which starts on March 20.

In­for­ma­tion about the memo­ri­als would be com­piled into a WWI me­mo­rial tour book­let, the Alexan­dra-based mu­seum’s gen­eral manager Rachael Wel­fare said.

‘‘Ba­si­cally it will of­fer three self-drive routes around some of the main memo­ri­als in Cen­tral Otago. It will give some in­for­ma­tion about each me­mo­rial and show peo­ple where they can find them.’’

The project would begin with a fully es­corted tour over one open­ing week­end in April, on a date yet to con­firmed, with the pam­phlets avail­able for pur­chase, she said.

Cen­tral Sto­ries had re­ceived fund­ing from the Cen­tral Lakes Trust, the Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion and Pub Char­i­ties to carry out the project.

This was one of many un­der­taken in the Cen­tral Otago and Queen­stown Lakes dis­tricts to mark the cen­te­nary.

At the Clyde war me­mo­rial, the town’s vol­un­teer fire brigade was clean­ing the mon­u­ment and re­paint­ing the sur­round­ing fence, Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil parks team leader Ian Mann said.

In ad­di­tion to re­cent work on the Alexan­dra War Me­mo­rial to re­pair the base with a $19,000 lot­tery grant, the dis­trict’s RSA would also fund the in­stal­la­tion of two flag­poles to fly the Aus­tralian and New Zealand flag and would seek fur­ther fund­ing to plant 2000 pop­pies.

At the Ran­furly me­mo­rial, the Man­iototo RSA and com­mu­nity was seek­ing fund­ing to clean and re­clad the town’s stone me­mo­rial in mar­ble. The coun­cil funded the re­moval of three trees and the RSA would pay for one re­place­ment tree be­hind the flag­pole. Mann said the coun­cil had also in­stalled ir­ri­ga­tion and planted trees on the ap­proach to the me­mo­rial.

In Roxburgh, the coun­cil funded a new tile foot­ing around the band­stand in King Ge­orge Park. Trees would be planted at the park and also Et­trick Hall and Millers Flat War Me­mo­rial, with a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque.

The Roxburgh War me­mo­rial was to be wa­ter blasted and re­painted, with the RoxburghMillers Flat RSA also look­ing to in­stall a me­mo­rial book, in a cabi­net, with the names of those from the dis­trict who served in the WWI cam­paigns.

At this time, no sig­nif­i­cant plans were to be car­ried out on Cromwell’s memo­ri­als, Mann said.

In Queen­stown, the dis­trict coun­cil re­cently up­graded the town’s War Me­mo­rial Pa­rade in­stalling new fur­ni­ture, crushed lime sur­faces, and new light­ing.

In Wanaka, the lives of men and women killed in ac­tion were to be com­piled in a photo book, by the Wanaka Ge­neal­ogy Club and Up­per Clutha His­tor­i­cal Records So­ci­ety. This would in­clude Hawea, Hawea Flat, Wanaka, Cardrona and Ar­row­town.

Photo: MARY-JO TO­HILL

Clyde re­mem­bers: Clyde’s war me­mo­rial is one of many in the Cen­tral Otago and Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict to have re­ceived some ten­der lov­ing care in restora­tion projects to mark the World War I cen­te­nary. Clyde Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade mem­ber Richard David­son, left, looks on as Wayne Hill, Chloe Dowl­ing and right, Simon Curtin clean the stonework.

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