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Anzac Day in Featherston

Official party on the dias outside the Anzac Hall, Featherston, 25 April 1921.
Includes Governor-General, Lord Jellicoe, second from right, A D McLeod and J W Card. 00-270/

Group outside the Anzac Hall, Featherston, ANZAC Day, 25 April 1921.
Group includes Walter Buchanan, A D McLeod and Governor-General Lord Jellicoe. 00-270/

Unveiling of the War Memorial, Featherston, Anzac Day, 25 April 1927. 00-270/

Gathering of returned servicemen outside the Featherston branch of the Bank of New Zealand, 1950s. 00-254/

Read about New Zealand's first poppy day on NZ History Online

Photos: Wairarapa Archives


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1942 Earthquake: Masterton's business area badly wrecked

Evening Post, 26 June 1942


Masterton's main street was a sorry sight yesterday.

With huge piles of brick and masonry sprawling across the footpaths and roadway, shattered shop windows, and trailing high-tension lines, the condition of the mile-long thoroughfare was testimony to the intensity of the previous night's earthquake. In the residential areas householders suffered considerable damage to property, and it appears that Masterton took the main shock. Miraculously no casualties of any sort have been reported.