A project to commission a significant work to recognise the Featherston Military Training Camp. Unveiled on 10 November 2018.
Featherston Camp Memorial Trust worked 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 memorial is 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.
On Friday 24 August 2018 Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ‘turned the first sod’ in preparation for installation work to begin on the Featherston Camp Sculpture site. The sculpture was unveiled on 10 November 2018 as part of a suite of events to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.