Petone Railway Station and ANZAC Flagpole

McKenzie Avenue, Lower Hutt
Petone, Wellington
A popular commuter hub with a very special historical twist.
The Flagpole here is to commemorate the collegiality of Railway workers from Petone and those from Hornsby New South Wales when posted to the First World War together.
The pole, made from Kauri and Australian timber was put up during the war rather than after, the 1916 service being attended by high level dignitaries from Australia and New Zealand as well as the community.
Hornsby now has a large Granite memorial and roll of honour, completed in 1923. In turn, the Petone flagpole is painted white, somewhat obscured by a large windblown Pohutakawa and doesn't often fly a flag.

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  • Railway Workshops, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand, by Burton Brothers studio, maker unknown. Te Papa (C.014808)
    Railway Workshops, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand, by Burton Brothers studio, maker unknown. Te Papa (C.014808)
  • Petone Railway Flagpole
    Petone Railway Flagpole
  • Petone Railway Plaque
    Petone Railway Plaque
  • Petone Railway Flagpole
    Petone Railway Flagpole
  • Petone Railway Plaque
    Petone Railway Plaque
  • Petone Railway Flagpole
    Petone Railway Flagpole
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