War memorial tour being set up
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.
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.