The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport is leading the way in commemorating New Zealanders involved in the sea war of World War One.
The WW100 Commemorative Pavilion and A D Boyle Room are new additions to the museum. They will be officially opened this Thursday, 5 March by the Hon Maggie Barry, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
A special public open day of the new facilities will be held on Saturday 7 March — see poster below.
The WW100 Commemorative Pavilion features a specially commissioned sculpture by internationally acclaimed local artist Helen Pollock. The sculpture As Above, So Below expresses the sheer commitment of the New Zealanders at sea in the First World War.
The A D Boyle Room is housed in what was formally the Test Room. Built in 1898 the room is casemated into the cliff. On display will be artifacts from His Majesty’s Ships NEW ZEALAND and PHILOMEL and personal items that belonged to sailors who served in World War One.