Find details and locations of many of the memorials within Christchurch.

 

Aranui War Memorial

Aranui War Memorial

Black terrazo plaque set on brick pillar at entrance to reserve remembering men and women of the Aranui district who served in World War II.

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Ballantyne Memorial Rose Garden

Ballantyne Memorial Rose GardenBallantyne Memorial Rose Garden pergola before the earthquakeBallantyne Memorial Rose Garden pergola after the earthquake
Semi-circular rose garden with a stone and timber pergola at the head. Each rose has a bronze marker with the name of a person who lost their life in the Ballantynes Fire of 1947.

The pergola, which has plaques depicting the victims' names, collapsed in the earthquake on February 22, 2011. The Council has plans to restore the memorial and hopes to have the work completed by the end of 2013.

About the fire

Ballantyne’s department store in Colombo Street was the scene of one of New Zealand's most disastrous fires late in the afternoon of 18 November 1947. A total of 41 people died and damage was put at half a million pounds. The fire was first discovered in the basement of the wooden building but the alarm was not given immediately. The actual time the alarm was received by the fire brigade was 3.46pm. Onlookers say that within 15 minutes of their first noticing the black smoke billowing from the building, it was past saving. Of three shop girls who jumped after being trapped on upper storeys of the three-storey building, one died and two were seriously injured.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry - which later sat for 65 days and heard 186 witnesses - criticised the firefighters for failure to take effective action in the first 10 minutes after their arrival because they did not recognise the potential danger.

The company's store, established in 1864, was one of the best known in New Zealand. The premises covered about an acre of ground. All those who died were members of the staff of about 300.

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Burwood War Memorial

A photo of the Burwood war memorial

Granite obelisk style monument on concrete base.  Memorial to local 'Burwood Boys' who died serving New Zealand during World Wars I and II.

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Battle of Crete War Memorial

Battle of Crete memorial plaque located beneath an olive tree

Stainless steel plaque on concrete plinth placed at the base of an olive tree to commemorate the Battle of Crete.

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Cave Rock War Memorial Drinking Fountain

Cave Rock Memorial Drinking Fountain

Sculptured stone cairn with drinking bowl formed as part of cairn on north face, and steel light standard and lantern on top. Memorial to Sumner soldiers, who died during the Boer War, commemorates King Edward VII’s coronation in 1902.

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Citizens' War Memorial

The Citizens' War Memorial commemorates those lost in the Great War (1914-1918) and was unveiled in 1937. It was sculpted by William Trethewey, and consists of a 15-metre high cross surrounded by six allegorical bronze figures set on a Portland stone plinth.

There is more information about this memorial at the Christchurch City Libraries website.(external link)

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Coutts Island War Memorial

Coutts Island War MemorialBlack marble spire set on square marble base which in turn sits on a concrete plinth and steps. Memorial to local residents who lost their lives in World War I and II.

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Gallipoli War Memorial

Gallipoli War Memorial

Granite plaque on concrete plinth marking 'Lone Pine of ANZAC'.

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Halswell War Memorial

Halswell War Memorial

Stone monument as a memorial to the men of Halswell district who died in World War I, 1914–1918.

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Heathcote War Memorial

Heathcote War Memorial

Ornate black marble pinnacle on concrete plinth as a memorial to those who died during World War I 1914–1919.

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Kate Sheppard Memorial

A photo of the Kate Sheppard memorial

The Kate Sheppard National Memorial is a large cast bronze depiction of women in New Zealand, flagged by two bronze plaques inscribed with the history of the Women’s Suffrage movement in New Zealand, mounted on a upright ornate concrete plinth. 

It was sculpted in 1993 by Margriet Windhausen. It was unveiled on 19 September 1993 and commemorates the centenary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand - the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the right to vote.

Read more about the Kate Sheppard Memorial(external link) on the Christchurch City Libraries website

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Lancaster Park War Memorial entrance gates

Image of Lancaster Park War Memorial Entrance Gates

Francis Vallance 2010

These concrete gates are made up of two long neo-classical colonnades on either side of a two-storey central structure with the inscription ‘To commemorate the glorious deeds of the athletes of this province in the Great War Aug 1914 to Nov 1918’, and above this is an urn.

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Memorial Avenue War Memorial

A photo of the Memorial Avenue war memorial

Cast bronze plaque on terrazo plinth dedicating Memorial Avenue to the memory of the men and women of the New Zealand Armed Forces who died in World War II.

There is more information about this memorial(external link) at the Christchurch City Libraries website.

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Memorial to 19th Infantry Battalion and Armoured Regiment

Memorial to 19th Infantry Battalion & Armoured Regiment

A Hanmer marble rock set on a square concrete base with a black Italian granite plaque as a memorial to the members of the 19th Infantry Battalion and Armoured Regiment in World War II.

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New Brighton War Memorial

Papanui War Memorial

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Memorial tablets laid in concrete on the ground, in memory of men of the district who died in World War I.

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Ruru Lawn Cemetery War Memorial

A photo of the Ruru Lawn cemetery war memorial

Embossed brass plaque mounted on painted concrete plinth with flagpole. Set on octagonal concrete step base in centre of war grave section of cemetery.

Memorial to those with no known grave

Oblong terrazzo covered concrete plinth with copper spire mounted in centre. A large brass plaque is mounted on the front face. Memorial to the men and women of the armed services, who died during World War I and II but to whom the fortunes of war denied a known grave, their names are engraved on the plaque.

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Sheldon Park War Memorial

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A photo of the Sheldon Park war memorial

Tapered stone pillar on concrete base as a memorial to those people from Belfast and adjoining areas who died in World Wars I and II. Consists of seven plaques.

Plaque one Unveiled June 1921
Plaque two

In memorial this monument was erected in everlasting remembrance of the men from the Belfast and Styx and Ohuria Districts who gave there lives in the great war 1914–1918. They died that we might live. 'Primi Inter Pares'.

Plaque three Unveiled 25 April 1947
Plaque four

World War II 1939–1945. Dedicated to the memory of the servicemen of this district who made the supreme sacrifice. Easterbrook J R, Herbert S J,Pearce G R, Phillips R G T, Uru H W.

Plaques five and six Has names of men who died in World War I
Plaque seven
In memoriam faithful unto death greater love hath no man than this.

Sumner Beach War Memorial

A photo of the Sumner beach war memorial

Eleven stone cairns with iron lamp standards on top, the first two being bigger than the other nine. Each commemorates a major battle during World War I and to the memory of many 'Sons of Sumner' who died in action. 

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Witch Hill War Memorial

A photo of the Witch Hill war memorial

Seat made of unfaced basalt which was quarried nearby. Three bronze plaques commemorate the lives of St Martins and Rapaki soldiers who died in World War I. Rupert Brooke’s “Blow out your bugles” is quoted in full.

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WWI Memorial Wall for: NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company

Christchurch is contributing a cobblestone from Cathedral Square towards a memorial wall in Waihi which commemorates the role of the NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company in World War One.

Mayor with Dr David Richards

Pictured with Lianne Dalziel Christchurch Mayor is Dr David Richards of the Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department whose grandfather was a medical officer with the Tunnelling Company during WW1



Background
On 22 January 2016 the Governor-General will dedicate a memorial wall built in Waihi to commemorate the contribution of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company (NZETC) during World War 1. Every city in NZ which contributed men to the NZETC has been asked to contribute a stone to be built into the wall.
The Cathedral Square cobblestone (pictured) used to lie close to the Citizens War Memorial in the Square and the coordinators of the memorial project, Waihi Heritage Vision were delighted with the idea.
The NZETC dug tunnels under the German front lines around Arras in France during WW1 - the photo below is the tunnel named 'Christchurch'.

Around fifty rocks from all over NZ have been received as well as rocks from places overseas: Ballarat and Tasmania in Australia, the Cook Islands and Ireland. Stones have also been received from Anzac Bay, Gallipoli and several of these will be incorporated into the wall to help tell the story of men who served there before being transferred into the Tunnelling Company.

'Christchurch' tunnel in the Arras

The Arras tunnel named 'Christchurch'. The NZETC developed an underground tunnel system under the French city of Arras during the war which enabled them to tunnel towards the German front lines and lay mines.