Memorial Square and War Memorial, Carterton

Memorial Square and War Memorial, Carterton


Memorial Square in a postcard about 1925\

GPS 41.023 S 175.529 E

Carterton’s World War One memorial is on the corner of High Street and Park Road, on land originally owned by the Parker family. As with other communities, Carterton citizens began raising money to fund a memorial soon after the war ended. The memorial seems to be the first completed in the Wairarapa although the Wairarapa Pastoral and Agricultural Society erected memorial gates, to society members who served in the Great War, at the Belvedere Road showgrounds in 1920, demolished in 1976. (more…)

The design was a square with the war memorial at the centre. The actual memorial is a red granite pillar, apparently broken off at the top, symbolising the lives cut short by the war. There are 114 names inscribed. As with most war memorials, World War Two names were added later.

Carterton’s war memorial was unveiled on 13 February, 1921. Minister of Internal Affairs George Anderson performed the ceremony by removing the large union jack flag encasing the memorial. He was seconded by Alexander McLeod MP, William Howard Booth (Mayor of Carterton) and Brigadier-General Herbert Hart, representing returned soldiers.

Since the 1930s Memorial Square has been administered under an act of parliament – the Carterton and District Memorial Square Act (1932).

In 2006 Memorial Square was partly redesigned.

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