Cenotaph - Auckland, New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
S 36° 51.587 E 174° 46.669
60H E 301902 N 5918377
Quick Description: The cenotaph stands in front of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. It has a Category 1 listing from Heritage New Zealand.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 11/26/2014 8:35:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMMZ0T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member psychrn
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Long Description:
From New Zealand History

"The first Auckland cenotaph was a temporary structure made of wood and plaster. A scaled-down replica of the cenotaph designed by Edward Lutyens in Whitehall, London, it was first erected in front of the Auckland Town Hall in time for Anzac Day 1922.

Mourners laid wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph both before and after the Anzac Day service in the Town Hall. The cenotaph was then dismantled and stored in the basement of the town hall ready for the next Anzac Day.

In 1928 the Returned Soldiers’ Association proposed the erection of a permanent cenotaph at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The proposal was adopted, and the Anglican Archbishop of Auckland, Walter Averill, consecrated the cenotaph in the court of honour below the museum on 28 November 1929. Later in the ceremony Governor-General Sir Charles Fergusson formally opened the museum itself.

The permanent cenotaph, the plans for which were drawn up by Grierson, Aimer and Draffin, the architects of the museum, was also a replica of the Whitehall cenotaph, but this time was set on a foundation of Coromandel granite and was constructed of concrete faced with Portland stone.

Auckland’s Anzac Day ceremony was first held at the cenotaph on 25 April 1930.

The cenotaph is inscribed simply with the words ‘THE GLORIOUS DEAD’ and the dates MCMXIV [1914] and MCMXVIII [1918]. The names of the fallen are listed inside the Auckland War Memorial Museum." (visit link)

List Entry Status: Registered
List Entry Type: Historic Place Category 1
List Number: 122
Date Entered: 16th November 1989
Date location was entrusted to the New Zealand Historic places: 11/16/1989

Type of history commemorated (short description):
World War I

Website pertaining to the location: [Web Link]

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Year placed: 1929

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Is it accessible to the general public:

Admission fees if any: Not Listed

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