Places or Organisation: Otahuhu First World War Memorial, Otahuhu
Otahuhu First World War Memorial
Date opened25 April 1928Geotag Otahuhu First World War Memorial (alongside the Nixon Memorial) on Great South Rd, just past the Massey Rd intersection).
As Armistice Day approaches, we look at the Otahuhu First World War Memorial.
The monument, which depicts the weathered figure of a soldier mounted on horseback, stands as a tribute to the mounted riflemen who served in the First World War.
It was donated by Alfred Trenwith, a local businessman and boot manufacturer, and officially unveiled on Anzac Day in 1928 by Governor-General Sir Charles Fergusson.
In his dedication speech, Sir Charles had these poignant words to say whose message still resonates:
Ten thousand glorious actions that might claim triumphant laurels and immortal fame! We believe that each of these men whom we commemorate was one of a troop of heroes…we owe to these men whatever happiness, peace and prosperity we have to-day.
Ti tiro ki nga wa o mua, ki te whakamaramai i tenei ao rapua te mea ngaro, hei maramatanga mo nga ao e eke mai. (Look to the past, to understand the present, and seek answers for the future.)
Eighty years on the monument remains a timely reminder of our rich heritage.
Close-up of mounted rifleman
Author: Richard Bland, Heritage Assets Advisor, Auckland Council