Buller District Council

Historic statue gets spruce up

15th January, 2021

The spate of fine weather provided perfect conditions for the removal of a historic statue from Victoria Square, Westport, for repairs.

Last year, Buller District Council secured funding from the Provincial Growth Fund to restore some historic monuments across the district. Restoration of the statue follows closely behind the refurbishment of the War Memorial Gates also at the park. The cost to refurbish both is $21,600.

Damaged during the Inangahua earthquake in 1968, the figurine was removed from its original site near the Victoria Square skate park until it was repaired in 1998. The plaster work done at the time will be replaced in Greymouth with Carrara marble from Italy by Rhodes Monumental Masonry Ltd.

Company director Jamie Rhodes said he loves working on this type of project.

“Nothing is simple but it’s very satisfying to restore things to their glory again. We were hoping to remove him in one piece. But that’s not happening, we’ll be driving him down the coast in pieces.

We hope to have him back in situ around the end of February”.

The statue was erected by the people of Buller District in remembrance of four soldiers who lost their lives in the South African War 1900 – 1901. Those soldiers were Farrier William Charles Colvin, and Privates Thomas Percival Lines, Thomas William Poole, and Oscar Bottom.










Rhodes Monumental & Masonry Ltd director Jamie Rhodes removing the statue: photo supplied


For more information please contact:
Rachel Townrow
Group Manager Community Services


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