World War I memorial project

North East Valley war memorial [] 1North East Valley war memorial []

### ODT Online Sun, 4 Aug 2013
Monumental research surprising
By Brenda Harwood – The Star
A labour of love for Dunedin woman Heather Bray is to become part of the official commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 in 2014.
For the past five years, Mrs Bray and her mother Laurel Corbishley have been transcribing names from all the war memorials and rolls of honour they can find in Otago and Southland. These have ranged from large, official war memorials in the region’s cemeteries and public spaces to lists of names tucked away in businesses and schools, and even stained glass windows in churches.

”We are focusing on Otago and Southland because there is such a strong link between the two regions.” –Heather Bray

Along with listing the names, the project involves finding out as much as possible about the soldiers, from where they went to school to where they were killed. ”With a bit of careful work, it is amazing how much you can find out about them as individuals,” Mrs Bray said.
The ultimate goal of the Dunedin Family History Group president was to print a register of the 3000-plus soldiers named on the Invercargill Cenotaph, cross-referenced to other war memorials around New Zealand. The printing of the register, planned for April 2014, is part of the Government’s official World War 1 centenary programme.
”The unique thing about the project is that we are creating an overall genealogical and social history to go with all those names,” Mrs Bray said.
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Anyone who knows of an obscure war memorial or roll of honour, or who has photographs or transcripts from a memorial is asked to contact Heather Bray and the Dunedin Family History Group. Email: dfhg at

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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13 responses to “World War I memorial project

  1. This project is especially interesting to descendants of soldiers of Otago Infantry D Coy, which included Southland volunteers. They fought alongside the Canterburies in France. Good on you, Heather Bray.

  2. ### August 8, 2013 – 6:48pm
    Nightly Interview: Heather Bray
    Dunedin woman Heather Bray has spent the last five years transcribing names from every war memorial and roll of honour she can track down in the South. The project goes beyond just the recording of names, and is set to become part of next year’s World War One centenary.

    • ### ODT Online Sun, 18 Aug 2013
      Queens Gardens to be studied
      By Dan Hutchinson – The Star
      Queens Gardens and the Cenotaph are the subject of a detailed conservation plan that will outline the future of the area. The Dunedin City Council has been given up to $20,000 towards the cost of the plan by the Lottery Grants Board as part of its funding of World War 1 centenary commemorations. Dunedin City Council policy planner heritage Dr Glen Hazelton said the plan would cover everything including the paths, trees, statues and the Cenotaph. ”It was identified as part of the central city plan as an important outdoor space but also because of the centenary … we thought it was best to do the conservation plan before we looked at anything else into the future down there.”
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  3. JimmyJones

    The Queens gardens and Cenotaph don’t need a conservation plan: the biggest threat to the area is the DCC. A DCC town planner with an idea is a dangerous thing. In most cities the planners are constrained by money and a modest amount of common sense by their councillors. This does not apply here, so our gang of vogon destructors can do as they please. Has anyone read the Transport Strategy (and not just the summary)? Submissions close tomorrow (Monday) 4 pm.

    {Link added. DCC has provided too little time and explanation of the proposed transport strategy. Politically, this has been an expensive and deliberately rushed exercise. -Eds}

    • JimmyJones, the driving force for Queens Gardens is change brought about by ridding the one way highway system south of Queens Gardens, allowing the ‘pet’ warehouse owners to profiteer (?) and install more coffee shops; and be supplied with cycle racks, traffic calming, and totally abhorrent greening of the commercial industrial warehouse precinct – a Dave Cull imposition on the district plan (to benefit just that very few privileged building owners and their tenants), which isn’t about maintaining efficient traffic flows and reducing trucking times to port, airport and major centres, return. Dunedin City Council, yes, has major problems in its Planning department, more specifically, the so-called City Development Team and the flakes that run that. Including Rosebud, with her doctorate in psychology.

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    It’s the nuttiest of nutty not-even-nice-to-have schemes. Coffee shops, IF the market exists, will be set up, all they need is a bit of “get the f— out of it” by the council where there is no real reason for preventing them.
    “Traffic calming” is another word for pissing people off and incentivising motorists to find alt.routes, or do their shopping, banking etc another way, areas where these barriers don’t exist (i.e. avoid the very parts of town where the intention was to force them to go) including online. There’s this newfangled modern inter-wobble thing that people can even carry around in their pockets, or so I’ve heard.
    “Planning” is good when things need to be planned and can be planned better than they can develop unplanned. The Planning Dept lives in a parallel plane only notionally connected to such needs.
    What If … Paul Orders, the Sane Man, took his budget slicer to it and replaced it with a Department of Commonsense, duty: check any other departments’ schemes for lack of sense where solid reasons for disquiet are raised by credible others including members of the public? Worth a try?

  5. Peter

    I actually think it is great that this area is being redeveloped by private people, like the Mc Knight Bros and Ted Daniels, who are willing to put their own money into restoring those beautiful buildings. If they make good money leasing them out, good luck to them. They have put up the investment risk money, where public money is not needed, nor there to spend.

    Far better than to let the area deteriorate further. The good work done by the DCC, to facilitate this in its plans, is a real positive for Dunedin.Oamaru has done a great job with its warehouse area and we could do the same.

    There are obviously some transport issues that have to be worked through. I am happy to see what the DCC comes up with.

    • DCC has already published where it wants to go with changes to the roading network (disestablishment of the one way system) through the warehouse precinct. There was public rebellion, and all DCC said in effect is we’ll try again later! Then came the draft transport strategy (submissions close today). Done and dusted, big ratepayer spends ahead.

      • Given the interesting history and various forms that Queens Gardens has taken over the years (currently a green ‘traffic island’ with serious war memorials), commissioning a conservation plan (as we’ve done for the Category 1 Northern and Southern cemeteries) is sensible.

        Cenotaph in Queens Gardens

        Queens Garden Upgrade [with illustrations]

        The upgrade renderings show a snippet of how the highway system changes to a two-way system [for the warehouse owners] impacting on Queens Gardens.

        The following paper was the result of an initial commission by NZHPT Otago Branch Committee when I was the chair:

        Otago University Research Archive
        “A goodly heritage” : Queen’s Gardens, Dunedin, 1800-1927 : an urban landscape biography (2004)
        By Helen F Gilmore
        Abstract: This work is a landscape study of the Queen’s Gardens Public Reserve in Dunedin from the early nineteenth century to the end of the First World War. Originally the ‘gateway’ to Dunedin, this historic precinct is a good example of urban cultural landscape, containing a historic and commemorative record of community and individual activities. The Queen’s Gardens area has played a key role in the history and development of the city of Dunedin, and contains many excellent examples of built heritage, much of which remains intact and currently in use. […] I trace the development of the Reserve and the creation of its cultural heritage through successive phases from the pre-land, pre-European period, early settlement, the land reclamation process, and the changing layouts and uses of space between the early nineteenth century and the end of the 1920s. By separating and examining each layer of landscape in chronological sequence, I uncover the cultural history of the landscape, and identify the traditions and aspirations of the people and groups who formed, manipulated and used it. The progressive series of significant and dynamic changes in form, function and ideology that this area underwent throughout it formative years contributed greatly to the growth and development of Dunedin, and reflected many of the social values and perspectives of colonial culture.
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        Full paper (MA thesis) available at Hocken Collections.

    • JimmyJones

      Peter, some of that money is your money, paid as rent or rates subsidies. After consulting on their Warehouse Zone the DCC claimed that submissions supported their idea. There weren’t many submissions, but most of the supporting submissions seemed to be from owners and others that stood to gain financially from the DCC subsidies. You could call it vote-buying. You might decide that it is worth the money, but I suggest that you find out the actual cost first. Unless you have another way, you will need to trust the financial estimates of the DCC, keeping in mind that this is one of Dave Culls electioneering boasting-points and the notorious financial forecasting ability of the Strategy and Development department.

  6. JimmyJones

    Elizabeth: it is clear to me that the “Conservation Plan” is no such thing. It is a slimy way to make changes to suit the delusional thinking behind the Warehouse Zone. They expect Queens Gardens to be part of a pedestrian highway joining the Octagon to Vogel St. I hope the cenotaph isn’t in the way.
    I like it how it is. The thesis you mention seeks to ” identify the traditions and aspirations of the people and groups who formed [Queens Gardens]”, but now it is the traditions and aspirations of the town planners that are driving the changes. The visions keep coming, make them stop.

    • Oh quite, JimmyJones.
      Although due to pre-1900 status of the ground, it’s fairly standard to do a plan as part of archaeological authority conditions and NZTA archaeological protocols for roadworks. One would need to be done sooner or later, by law.
      This way, DCC gets external funds to pay for it via the Lottery Grants Board (funding World War 1 centenary commemorations).
      Don’t know how to stop the visions – since Paul Orders has Sue Rosebud in his inner circle, and she owns a snappy terrier or three. This is roll-out of the dreadful coffee boulevards and public space envisioned by consultants Urbanismplus (Kobus Mentz and team) but heavily sat upon for ‘the right solution’ as deemed by a policy planner that has the ear of Cull and is friendly with the building owners. Nothing happens at DCC without ‘good friends’ on the outside, bulldozers on the inside.

  7. I agree with Jimmy on this. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” seems the way to go to me. It is just another ‘make work’, (time filler) for these folk in Planning. Dr Hazelton (Dr of what?) and his elves are constantly beavering away at trying to justify their existence. Nothing more.
    By the way, did anybody else read our illustrious Mayor’s speech to the ‘graduands’ in the Town Hall? He revealed once and for all that he is just a “water melon” (green on the outside pink inside) and if he is re-elected together with Jinty and her ilk then woe betide Dunedin. It will be all hands to the wheel, spend up large to save the city from all the sea rise, pestilence, fire and brimstone and all the other frightening possibilities. If he bankrupts the city in the process he will claim (famously as in Viet Nam) that he had to destroy the city in order to save it. Frightening stuff really.

    {Doctorate not of Urban Planning. Link added. See comment. -Eds}

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