The planning and erection of the statue of a young Mackenzie soldier as he stood on the Fairlie Railway Station, preparing to go to war, back in 1914. Unveiled 16 October 2014.
Following community consultation as to how the Fairlie area could commemorate the First World War, a group was formed and a statue project decided upon. Funding has been gained to proceed with and complete this project.
Back in 1914 over 300 young men left the Mackenzie Country to fight in Europe. More than 100 died on foreign shores. We want to remember this and honour them and all those who served from our district. The statue and accompanying interpretation panel will tell this story.
The statue is to be placed on a raised area resembling a railway platform, with the soldier looking towards the train coming from Timaru. This is just as the scene would have been back in 1914 when those going off to War went by train to Timaru, then onward by rail to Lyttelton and the troop ships bound for Europe.
Those behind the project are thrilled to have the services of Oamaru sculptor, Donald Paterson and look forward to welcoming our soldier home to Fairlie on the 16th October 2014. The unveiling will include a concert with participation from local schools, theatre group, and the wider community.
We are so pleased to be able to share the story of the soldier from the Mackenzie with the world.