Time for a spruce-up

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REPAIRS are under way at the Troopers’ Memorial in Invercargill.

The repairs were being funded by the $680,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund granted for repairs of memorials, removing invasive vegetation and beautification works.

The Troopers’ Memorial was opened in 1908, created as a reminder of the contribution of Southland men in the Boer War from 1900-1902.

The 24 names on the Troopers’ Memorial represent those killed. About 273 Southland men went to the war from a population of roughly 22,000.

An Invercargill City Council spokeswoman said other memorials to be repaired with the fund were the Kennington War Memorial Gates, Myross Bush Community Way Memorial, Rugby Park Footballers Memorial, South Invercargill War Memorial, Southland Cenotaph, and Waikiwi Memorial Gates.

To find out more about memorial repair work, go to at icc.govt.nz/parks-and-reserves/war-memorials/

Photo: Karen Pasco

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