Memorial not so peaceful - yet

Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Work continues on the Archibald Baxter Peace Garden and national memorial for conscientious objectors to world war conscription in Dunedin yesterday.

The focal point of the memorial, at the intersection of George and Albany Sts, will be a large sculpture of New Zealand’s best known conscientious objector, Dunedin man Archibald Baxter, who was the father of poet James K. Baxter.

The sculpture, designed by Shane Woolridge, will be edged by native plantings, walls and paths.

Work began in January following about 10 years of fundraising efforts for the project.

The Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust received a $326,639 grant from the Lottery Environment and Heritage fund, which added to other major donations, as well as hundreds of smaller personal donations, meant the project’s total cost of about $500,000 was fully funded.

It is expected to be completed by the end of April.

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