Cenotaph Restoration to Restart

22 October 2013

Restoration work is about to restart on the Cenotaph to waterproof the main structure and base of the heritage marble monument.

The newly refurbished Cenotaph by Parliament Buildings is all set for ANZAC Day

The Cenotaph at the intersection of Lambton Quay and Bowen Street

On Friday, before scaffolding is put up, a pohutukawa tree on Bowen Street will be trimmed and the shrubs and hedge around the Cenotaph will be cleared to allow access to the stonework.

Salamander Restoration specialists will use hand tools to remove grouting between the marble blocks before repointing, or replacing the grouting.

Construction of the Cenotaph began in 1929 and it was dedicated as a war memorial in 1932. The monument, also known as the Wellington Citizens’ War Memorial, consists of a granite base, supporting a tall marble pylon which holds a bronze statue of horse and rider.

Repointing work will start at the beginning of November and is expected to take five to six weeks at a cost of $70,000. This is a continuation of regular maintenance of the Cenotaph. In 2010, repointing was done on the tower.

Located in front of the Beehive, the Cenotaph is a focus for Anzac Day commemorations in the city, honouring those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. It is also used for other commemorative ceremonies throughout the year.

Ongoing maintenance of the memorial is the responsibility of Wellington City Council. The memorial is listed as a heritage asset within the Wellington City Council District Plan. It is also registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

The removal of the vegetation is in keeping with the original design, and fits with plans for work on the forecourt area due to start work next year in time for commemorations of the Gallipoli landings in 2015.