Story: First World War

The chalk kiwi at Sling camp

The chalk kiwi at Sling camp

This huge kiwi was carved in the chalk hillside above Sling camp, near Salisbury in England, while New Zealand troops were awaiting shipment back home. Delays in repatriation had sparked several riots in the camps, so the officers set the men to work carving this kiwi. The figure is now maintained by the British Ministry of Defence.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Margaret Johnson Collection (PAColl-6129)
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How to cite this page:

Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Western Front, 1918', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2022)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012