Topic: Manaia Redoubt and Tower - 1880/1914

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Manaia Redoubt, Blockhouses and Tower 


The Manaia Redoubt, with its two loop-holed wooden blockhouses, was constructed in October/November 1880 (Hawera Star 10 Nov 1880) on the earthworks of an old pa. A wooden watch-tower (designed by Constable Hans Knuston) was added at the redoubt's entrance later the following year.(Hawera Star 3 Oct 1881)

The redoubt was garrisoned until 1885-86 by Armed Constabulary under Captain W E Gudgeon.

The decaying wooden tower was blown down in a storm in 1910 (Hawera Star 1 April 1910) and for some time its re-erection was proposed. Eventually the Manaia Beautifying Society determined to replace it with a concrete replica as a memorial to the area's past military personnel. Tenders were called for construction of the replica tower by Hawera architect, John Duffill, on 10 November 1913 and the building completed in October 1914 (Hawera Star 2 Oct  1914)

A German field gun - the town's World War I trophy - was mounted within the redoubt in 1922. It was removed many years ago although the concrete base remains.

The steps leading up to the tower are a memorial to 2nd Lieut Lorenz Wilfred Meuli,  6/4577, Wellington Infantry Regiment, KIA in France on 16 September 1916.(See Topic below)

Further Reading

Cooke, Peter & Ian Mathieson, 2013



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Manaia Redoubt and Tower - 1880/1914

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