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Victoria Cross Corner

Sunday 29 January 1956, when the Victoria Cross Memorial was unveiled, was a memorable day in Dunedin, New Zealand – everyone was there, dressed in their best.

The unveiling of the memorial, outside the main entrance to the Dunedin RSA on the corner of Burlington Street and Moray Place, was a grand occasion attended by the Governor-General of New Zealand Sir Willoughby Norrie and Lady Norrie.

A plaque lists the names of the 22 recipients of the Victoria Cross, nine of whom were in attendance that day, and one of them – the Reverend Keith Elliott – dedicated the memorial. Reflecting the language of the time, the plaque pays tribute to soldiers of “the Maori War 1864, South African War 1899 – 1902, The Great War 1914 – 1918 and The World War 1939 – 1945”.

Year:29 January 1956

LocationDunedin, New Zealand

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Victoria Cross Corner

Sunday 29 January 1956, when the Victoria Cross Memorial was unveiled, was a memorable day in Dunedin, New Zealand – everyone was there, dressed in their best.

The unveiling of the memorial, outside the main entrance to the Dunedin RSA on the corner of Burlington Street and Moray Place, was a grand occasion attended by the Governor-General of New Zealand Sir Willoughby Norrie and Lady Norrie.

A plaque lists the names of the 22 recipients of the Victoria Cross, nine of whom were in attendance that day, and one of them – the Reverend Keith Elliott – dedicated the memorial. Reflecting the language of the time, the plaque pays tribute to soldiers of “the Maori War 1864, South African War 1899 – 1902, The Great War 1914 – 1918 and The World War 1939 – 1945”.


Year: 29 January 1956

Length: 0:02:24

Source: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Catalogue Reference: F28530 Victoria Cross Memorial Corner


People: Governor-General Sir Willoughby Norrie, Lady Norrie, Charles Upham VC and bar, Cyril Bassett VC, James Crichton VC, Samuel Frickleton VC, John Gilroy Grant VC, Harry Laurent VC, John Hinton VC, Alfred Hulme VC, Rev Keith Elliott VC

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand

Tags: 1956, VC, Dunedin, New Zealand, WWI, World War One, WWII, World War Two, Memorials, Victoria Cross Memorial, Returned Servicemen Association (RSA)

Subject: Memorials, World War I, World War II, Returned Servicemen Association (RSA)


There were nine New Zealand VC holders present at the ceremony: 

1.     Upham, Charles Hazlitt VC & Bar (World War Two) 
2.     Bassett, Cyril Royston Guyton VC (World War One) 
3.     Crichton, James VC (World War One) 
4.     Frickleton, Samuel VC (World War One) 
5.     Grant, John Gilroy VC (World War One) 
6.     Laurent, Harry John VC (World War One) 
7.     Hinton, John ‘Jack’ Daniel VC (World War Two) 
8.     Hulme, Alfred Clive VC (World War Two) 
9.     Elliott, Reverend Keith VC (World War Two)