Warkworth war memorial

Warkworth war memorial c1986.

The Warkworth and districts First World War memorial is a plain granite obelisk which stands near the Warkworth band rotunda on Church Hill. This is not the memorial’s first home. It was moved here from its original location at the intersection of Queen and Elizabeth Streets in 1931.

An inscription on the base records that it was erected on Armistice Day 1921. However, the formal unveiling, by Mr Frank Mander, MP for Marsden, did not take place until Anzac Day 1922.

The principal inscription reads: THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED / - BY THE - / INHABITANTS OF WARKWORTH / STREAMLANDS / POHUEHUE, / MAHURANGI HEADS & / MULLET POINT, IN MEMORY OF / THOSE WHO, FROM THESE / DISTRICTS, GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1919.

The obelisk does not display the names of the fallen. However, these can be found on the Rodney County Roll of Honour in the Warkworth Town Hall and on memorial tablets both in the Warkworth War Memorial Library and Warkworth & Districts RSA clubrooms.

Sources: ‘Soldiers’ Memorial’, NZ Herald, 3/2/1920, p. 8; ‘Memorial to Fallen Soldiers’, Rodney & Otamatea Times, 19/4/1922, p. 4; ‘Warkworth Affairs’, NZ Herald, 28/4/1922, p. 5; ‘Memorial to Fallen Soldiers: Unveiling Ceremony’, Rodney & Otamatea Times, 3/5/1922, p. 4; ‘Anzac Day Memorial Service’, Rodney and Otamatea Times, 29/4/1931, p. 4; H.J. Keys, Mahurangi: The Story of Warkworth, Warkworth, 1954, pp. 218, 238-9; Harry Bioletti, Warkworth, New Zealand, Warkworth, 1993, p. 29.

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