Topic: Little River War Memorial

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The Awa-Iti Domain in which the memorial is located, is slightly north of Little River township adjacent the Christchurch to Akaroa highway.

War Memorial Gates WWI side at entrance to Awa-Iti Domain, Little River#DSC08022The Little River War memorial in Awa-Iti Domain includes both the memorial gates at the entrance to the Domain and the community building (formerly the Little River Library) in the domain itself.   

The gates record local residents killed in The South African War, World War I and World War II and were unveiled on 25thApril 1923.

The memorial comprises formal gates to the Reserve and Library at Little River.

The arched gate is made from multicoloured (Banks Peninsular) volcanic rock with some brickwork detail and is very Victorian in appearance. The First World War inscriptions above the gates are incised into grey sandstone or rhyolite blocks and highlighted in gold.

Black engraved granite tablets on the highway side record the names of 23 servicemen killed in the First World War and 3 killed in The South African (Boer) War and two pedestrian gates and a set of carriage gates from wrought iron complete the initial construction.

Originally constructed as a First World War and Boer War memorial and unveiled on Anzac Day 1923, the memorial has been modified in-situ to also become the Second World War memorial for the district. Black granite tablets on the Reserve side record the names of 7 servicemen killed in that war.



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