New Zealand had a population of barely 1 million when 100,000 of our men served overseas in World War 1. Sadly, one in five who served did not return home. These events touched nearly every family in South Canterbury and around New Zealand. It shook every community, school, workplace and group.
To commemorate the wars New Zealand troops have fought in, Pleasant Point Museum and Railway is bringing together displays of equipment and machinery formerly used by military services over the years. These include Jeeps, trucks, field guns, a Bren gun carrier and a machine gun nest on display in the Keanes Crossing shed. A carriage will also be done up as a Red Cross carriage and steam engine ‘D’16 will be pushing a wagon in front with a machine gun nest mounted on it.
Added attractions on display over the weekend include a working stationary engine display from the Christchurch Historic Machinery Club, the Mackenzie Highland Pipe Band, South Canterbury Traction Engine and Vintage Steam Club and Nigel Gamble’s historic museum tool exhibit.
Running starts at 10.30am on the Saturday and Sunday. The last trains from Pleasant Point station leave at 4pm.