Topic: New Plymouth Cenotaph

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Intersection of Queen and St Aubyn Streets , New Plymouth

N P Cenotaph

New Plymouth Cenotaph

Made of local andesite from a Mangorei quarry the New Plymouth Cenotaph (empty tomb) was designed by New Plymouth architect Frank Messenger. It was closely based on Sir Edward Lutyens Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. It was unveiled by the Governor-General, Lord Jellicoe, on 16th Sept 1924.

Public subscriptions were called for and lists of contributions published in the Taranaki Herald - See attached Documents. Although there was some controversy over the siting of the cenotaph, eventually over £1800 was subscribed.

The monument was built by Messrs J.G. M.Russell, J. M. McCracken and A. Handley and the marble wreaths were made by monumental mason, W F Short, NP. The symbolically empty casket is on the top of the structure.

Inscriptions to conflicts in Korea and S.E. Asia were added by sculptor Filipe Tohe in the 1980s

A New Plymouth Borough Roll of Honour - 1914-1919 is attached below as a Document.& as an Image



On both sides  (Incised in stone blocks)

1914 -1918
S E Asia


(On inset granite blocks below)

Their Names
For Evermore

(On eastern side below the above 3 small bronze plaques commemorating)

Left                                                              Centre                                                          Right

 V E Day 9th May 1995                         The Great War                        VJ Day 15th August1995     

The 50th anniversary of                         75th Anniversary                           50th Anniversary of      

the end of World War II                                                                               the end of WW II       


Additional Information:

Ian Pritchard, Frank Messenger:Architect , 1994, ISBN 0-473-02500-0

In the rear right is the former Taranaki Club (1921) designed by Thomas H Bates (See Topics below) and , to the left the Richard Cock Senior seats (see Topics below)


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