Waipu Caledonian Society roll of honour

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The Waipu Caledonian Society roll of honour was unveiled in the Coronation Hall in March 1920. The oak-framed certificate listed 91 members and ex-members of the society who had served during the Great War, including two nurses (Sisters Mary and Hugha Sutherland). Sixteen men had died: six at Gallipoli, three at sea, two in France, two in England, two in Turkey, and one in Egypt. The certificate was embellished with the British, Scottish, and New Zealand flags, the Caledonian Society’s badge (a thistle), and illustrations of clematis, pohutukawa and ferns, scenes in France and Egypt and around Waipu.

The roll of honour is now on display in the Waipu Museum.

The museum also preserves the North River School’s First World War roll of honour. North River School was closed in 1939 when several local schools were consolidated into the Waipu District High School. The roll of honour was transferred first to the new school then to the museum. There is also a framed photo board on display with portraits of 23 men from Waipu who gave their lives during the Second World War. This was presented to the Waipu House of Memories (the predecessor of the museum) by the Waipu Riding Returned Services Club.

See: ‘Local and General’, Northern Advocate, 28/7/1919, p. 2; ‘Waipu Caledonian Society Roll of Honour’, Northern Advocate, 17/3/1920, p. 3.

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