Topic: Patea - Former District High School Steps

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Former District High School site, 155-57 Egmont Street, Patea

District High Memorial Steps 

Former Patea District High School Steps

Photograph: Cameron Curd, 2015

Originally,an avenue from gates at Egmont St to the memorial steps below the school. Opened by Governor-General Lord Jellicoe on 27 October 1921.(See Document below. Patea Mail 28 October 1921)

[There is no record of an unveiling ceremony on the 27 October 1922 as recorded on the plaque - but Jellicoe did arrive by train from Whanganui and then to New Plymouth - by car via the coastal road - on 27 October 1921. On the trip he also unveiled the memorials at Manaia, Auroa and Opunake and, as well, the memorial avenue at the Patea High School.]

It seems that it was hoped that the Governor-General would open both Patea war memorials on his 1921 visit but it appears that the Domain memorial gates were not completed and that the High School Avenue was the only one unveiled (See report in Documents below)

(For a later description see the Hawera Star article in  Documents below.)

  The memorial is to Lieutenant George A Robbie, the district school's headmaster (KIA 22 July 1917 - See Cenotaph Document below ) and the past pupils (un-named) who also fell.


Two marble plaques on lower posts

 Left Plaque

These Steps, Memorial  Avenue

& Gateway, were opened by

Lord  Jellicoe of Scapa

October 27th 1922 [sic]

Right Plaque

These steps were

Erected in Memory of

Lieut G A Robbie


And Pupils of this

School who Fell in

The Great War


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Patea - Former District High School Steps

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