Video plays at station
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.