Story: Wellington region

Carillon vision

Carillon vision

The National War Memorial was dedicated on 25 April 1932 in front of a huge crowd. Sited in the Wellington suburb of Mount Cook, it features a 50-metre-high carillon (a set of bells in a tower) in the art deco style. In 1933 the artist Archibald Maylett painted this emotional vision of the dead from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (which fought in the First World War) ascending past the carillon towards heaven.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Oil painting by Archibald T. Maylett

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How to cite this page:

Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Boom and bust: 1900–1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/13255/carillon-vision (accessed 5 August 2020)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015