Matakana War Memorial

Matakana War Memorial

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The Matakana War Memorial is located at the entrance to Matakana Village, a small rural village north-east of Warkworth. It is dedicated to 13 men from the district who lost their lives in the First World War. After the Second World War another plaque was added listing six men from the district who died in that conflict.  The memorial features a sculpture of George V which has been vandalised and restored several times since it was unveiled in 1920. In 2006 the memorial was moved from its original location on the corner of Matakana Wharf Road and Matakana Road to a nearby site in the Matakana Wharf Reserve. This work was carried out in liaison with the Warkworth NZRSA.

The memorial was unusual because it was sculpted by a New Zealand sculptor, William Henry Feldon (1872-1945), whereas most New Zealand communities sent orders for sculpted figures to Italy. Feldon had written to Sir James Allen asking for work. His other commissions included the Arawa memorial in Rotorua and the Helensville and Mercer memorials.

In 2020 the memorial was classified a Historic Place Category 2 by Heritage New Zealand.

Find more images and information on the Matakana War Memorial Facebook page.

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Matakana War Memorial

Posted: 08 Sep 2020

The Matakana War Memorial is now a listed heritage site -

Matakana War Memorial

Posted: 01 Sep 2020

The Matakana War Memorial is now listed with Heritage New Zealand as a place of significance. Granted Heritage NZ Category Status in August 2020 List No: 9816.

Matakana War Memorial

Posted: 21 Apr 2015

The Matakana War Memorial is now over 94 years old - it's part of our history, our culture. Visit this War Memorial and place your poppy.

Dolly Miller

Posted: 30 Mar 2015

Another exciting addition to the Matakana War Memorial is the design of a FACEBOOK page that provides history on the Memorial and the men listed on the memorial. Take a look "Matakana War Memorial".