First World War memorial monuments, obelisks, statues, Honours boards, plaques, gates of the Manawatu have been searched out, restored and recorded; ready for community ANZAC Day commemorations.
Peter Olsen of Colyton has toured the Manawatu over the last two years searching out First World War Memorials. These include monuments, obelisks, statues, Honours boards, plaques, gates and buildings.
Steps have been taken to clean, restore, re-hang etc as needed so the memorials are ready for local community commemorations on ANZAC Day. Some flag poles have been ordered so that flags may be flown from sites.
The memorials have been photographed, researched and soldiers' names transcribed exactly as they appear on the memorial. This is now being collated into a book which will be available from the Coach House Museum in Feilding. All research material will be deposited with the Feilding and Districts Community Archive for future use.
Update: Book launch of "Communities Remember World War One : Memorials of the Manawatu District" at the Coach House Museum on 7 November 2014.