Onerahi School memorial tablet

In 1948 Onerahi resident Mrs Flora Mary Commins erected a war memorial bus shelter near the Onerahi shopping centre. This incorporated a granite tablet headed ‘Roll of Honour / Onerahi School / 1939-1945.’ There followed the names of six former Onerahi School students who had given their lives during the war: Mrs Commins’ own two sons, John S. Commins and Charles L.H. Commins; and Donald C. Tooth, Leon E. Rowlands, David H. Hawkes and Bruce B. McBeath.

In later years the tablet was relocated to the local school. It was restored and rededicated in 2015.

See: ‘Memorial shelter on Onerahi Road’, Northern Advocate, 17 September 1948, p. 3; ‘War dead live on in restored plaque’, Northern Advocate, 29/9/2015.

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