Maungatapere First World War memorial church

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Maungatapere war memorial church includes a plaque with names of those killed in the First World War.

Maungatapere First World War memorial

Thanks to John House for supplying this information.

In 1919 a local committee was set up to build a church as a memorial to those men from the district who gave their lives during the First World War.

Fund raising was not easy but when it became evident that the money they had raised could not be used for some time, it was lent to the Maunu Anglican church committee on the understanding that it would be refunded if it were ever needed. This eventually came about, the additional money was raised and the church was built and opened in early 1928.

It was built of brick and has a tiled roof.

The pretty little church is very central and serves the people of all denominations in the Maungatapere area

Sources

1. Keene, Florence Between Two Mountains: A History of Whangarei 1966 Published by Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd. Auckland

2. Keene, Florence Cross over Kauri. A Centennial History of the Parish of Whangarei 1860 1960 Published by the Church. Printed by Northern Publishing Co Ltd

Specific information about this memorial

Location: State Highway 14, Maungatapere, Northland.

Description: (see above also) Memorial church with a granite memorial plaque as foundation stone in front of church building. The church is brick on a concrete base, with tiled roof, arched windows of coloured glass and false front with crenulated top. The memorial is in excellent condition.

Inscription: On the foundation stone, names of WWI deceased soldiers are inscribed under an arched title of

Maungatapere Memorial Church

Erected to the men from this district who fell in the
Great War 1914 - 1918

in three columns roughly alphabetically, as follows:
B C Atkinson
J Green
C T Leng
J H Morrison
C Marriner
P Marriner
C Nicholson
A Posha
L Quintal
C R Robinson
McK Stevens
H C Tavinor
A Wilkinson
R Wilkinson
W Woodward

Inside the church are the Maungatapere  District First World War and Second World War rolls of honour, wooden tablets which list respectively a total of 42 and 38 names. A more recent addition is the Whatitiri School’s Second World War roll of honour.

The altar was carved by a local man in honour of Trooper David Landers Quintal, who died of enteritis while a prisoner of war in Turkey on 20 December 1916.



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Chloe Hovell

Posted: 18 Dec 2008

Hi There, This information is interesting, thank-you. The church is actually on State Highway 14 (-: Thanks, Chloe