The Maheno District (North Otago) will be unveiling a memorial commemorating HMHS Maheno and her valuable contribution to the First World War on Armistice Day (1030hrs, 11 Nov 2018).
Her Majesty’s Hospital Ship (HMHS) Maheno was a commercial vessel retrofitted into a hospital ship that was publicly funded by New Zealanders in 1914. She played a vital role by providing ANZAC troops essential medical care from the battlefields of many First World War campaigns, including Gallipoli and the Somme. She either triaged injuried ANZAC soldiers on the ship, transported them to nearby hospitals or repatriated wounded NZ soldiers back to NZ.
The actual wreck site of the HMHS Maheno is located on Maheno Beach, Fraser Island, Australia. In true ANZAC spirit, this unveiling and commemorative service will continue the tributes that have occurred previously on Anzac Day 2015 and 2017, that Maheno School has been pivotal in supporting and attending on Fraser Island. The plaque and stone plinth will be replicas of those unveiled at the wreck site of HMHS Maheno.
Attendance to the commemoration service from 1030hrs on 11 Nov 18 is free with the Maheno Community and NZDF providing support to the official service.