A project to commission a significant work to recognise the Featherston Military Camp is underway and the public are now invited to submit their ideas.
Featherston Camp Memorial Trust are working with South Wairarapa District Council to commission a significant work recognising the historical importance to New Zealand of the camp, as part of First World War commemorations.
The camp was opened on 23 January 1916 and for the remainder of the First World War trained some 60,000 men in preparation for serving on the Western front and Palestine. This was the largest military camp in New Zealand.
The proposed memorial will be a work of regional, national and international significance: a testament to the people of the region and the nation who were caught up in the war. It represents a symbolic and tangible association with soldiers marching, the gravestones of the dead, and the memories the town and the nation holds of that time.
The trust have raised about 95% of the funds needed to complete the sculpture and Paul Dibble has begun work on the patterns. The sculpture will be unveiled on 11 November 2018, Armistice Day.
The trust are now wanting input from New Zealanders for ideas of what to put on the backs of the columns that make up the memorial. You can submit your ideas on their website.