Gisborne freezing workers memorial

A plain but dignified granite obelisk stands on one flank of Kaiti Hill, Gisborne, overlooking the port. This bears the simple inscription: ‘To our boys who in the Great War died or were found willing to die for the Empire. This memorial was erected by their comrades, January 1923.’

The memorial was built to honour employees of the Gisborne Sheepfarmers Frozen Meat Company who served during the war. It was paid for by subscriptions from their fellow workers along with a generous donation from the company. It was formally unveiled by Mr A.C.A. de Latour, ex-chairman of directors of the company, on the afternoon of Anzac Day 1923.

Sources: ‘War Memorials’, Poverty Bay Herald, 15/6/1920, p. 5; ‘Memorials Unveiled’, Hawera & Normanby Star, 26/4/1923, p. 8; ‘Opportunity for a slice of Gisborne’s history’ (Gisborne District Council).

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