Plim­mer­ton re­flects

Video plays at sta­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JAMES GREEN­LAND

World War I sac­ri­fices by 18 Plim­mer­ton ser­vice­men and women have been recorded for an An­zac cel­e­bra­tion by the Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Al­lan Dod­son, of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Project Snap­shot, has spent hun­dreds of hours pro­duc­ing a short video hon­our­ing 18 men and women with Plim­mer­ton con­nec­tions who served dur­ing that war.

The 12-minute video has been on on dis­play at the Plim­mer­ton Rail­way Sta­tion wait­ing area since last week and will play con­tin­u­ously un­til April 30.

Mr Dod­son says the Snap­shot team hopes the video will give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect and cel­e­brate the peo­ple of Plim­mer­ton who served.

‘‘If you con­sider the im­pact of this war on the Plim­mer­ton com­mu­nity when there were pos­si­bly only 1400 peo­ple in Porirua area, it was huge,’’ he says.

‘‘Ev­ery ser­vice man or woman would have been known and ca­su­al­ties and in­juries would have had a very large im­pact.’’ Among those re­mem­bered is Isaac Harold Plim­mer, grand­son of Plim­mer­ton’s name­sake, Sir John Plim­mer.

The An­zac dis­play was de­vel­oped from as­so­ci­a­tion’s ear­lier rail­way restora­tion project.

‘‘ From that came the idea that, over time, we could put to­gether a num­ber of small pre­sen­ta­tions on as­pects of Plim­mer­ton,’’ Mr Dod­son says.

‘‘The re­search has taken hun­dreds of hours get­ting the lead then check­ing NZ Archives, the Pa­pers Past site, public li­braries, school and parish records, the Turn­bull Li­brary and Te Papa,’’ Mr Dod­son says.

‘‘It is hoped that next year we can put on some­thing about World War II but with the Privacy Act in­for­ma­tion is harder to gather.’’

Re­mem­bered: Isaac Harold Plim­mer, one of the 18 peo­ple whose con­tri­bu­tion in World War I is be­ing hon­oured at Plim­mer­ton Rail­way Sta­tion.

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