Matakohe Kauri Museum rolls of honour

Matakohe Kauri Museum rolls of honour Matakohe Kauri Museum rolls of honour Matakohe Kauri Museum rolls of honour Matakohe Kauri Museum rolls of honour Matakohe Kauri Museum rolls of honour

The Matakohe Kauri Museum was opened on 29 January 1962. Its largest display hall seems an appropriate place to find the Kauri Timber Company’s First World War roll of honour, 1914-1920. This consists of three kauri shields which bear the names of 35 former employees of the company who were killed during the war and 203 who also served. The shields are mounted on a rimu base embellished with carvings of native ferns, wattles and a kauri tree.

The roll of honour was completed in time to exhibit in the company’s stall at the Auckland Winter Show in June 1924. As an important part of the company’s heritage, it was preserved when Fletcher Holdings Ltd purchased the Kauri Timber Company’s assets in 1961. Sir James Fletcher formally presented it to the Matakohe Kauri Museum on 13 January 1984.

The museum also preserves the Franklin Lodge No. 2138 E.C. roll of honour for both world wars. (The lodge was formed in Pukekohe in 1885 but the charter was transferred to Paparoa in 1905.)

See: ‘Fine Timber Exhibit’, NZ Herald, 25/6/1924, p. 12; ‘Forest to Floor’, Auckland Star, 26/6/1924, p. 3; Paparoa, Matakohe & Districts Centennial, Whangarei, 1962, pp. 7-8.

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