Story: Governors and governors-general

Lord Jellicoe laying a foundation stone

Lord Jellicoe laying a foundation stone

In 1882 Governor Sir Arthur Gordon complained about ‘laying first stones of public buildings – making little speeches – opening Athenaeums’, but his successors, such as Lord Jellicoe, seen here laying the foundation stone for Christchurch’s Bridge of Remembrance in 1923, accepted such duties as an important part of the job. War memorials kept Jellicoe very busy. During one tour, in just four days, he unveiled memorials at Pātea, Manaia, Auroa and Bell Block, and laid the foundation stone for another at Ōpunake.

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Gavin McLean, 'Governors and governors-general - Ceremonial duties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 March 2023)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Sep 2016