Greymouth school war memorial

Greymouth school war memorial, c. 1986.

These war memorial pillars have now found a new home in Dixon Park, Greymouth. They were removed from the school by developers and were eventually rescued from Arahura, 32km south of Greymouth, on 10 January 2008. The re-erected pillars were unveiled on Anzac Day 2009.

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Further information and images from Simon Nathan, March 2008

In a local controversy in late 2007, the memorial pillars in front of the old Grey Main school were removed from the site, and laid down in front of Dixon Park, a few hundred metres away. I have recorded the site where the pillars are missing as well as them lying on the ground at Dixon Park.

Where the memorial gates used to hang Detail showing where a memorial gate used to hang Pillars of the memorial dumped in Dixon Park Pillars of the memorial dumped in Dixon Park

The pillars were apparently a memorial to former Greymouth District High School pupils killed in the First World War.  When the high school moved to a different site, this site was occupied by Grey Main School, which subsequently closed.

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Joy Baker

Posted: 12 Aug 2009

The gates have now been appropriately restored and erected at Dixon Park, just a few metres down the road. Grey Main School is situated in Joyce Crescent and is alive and well.