Statues - Hither & Thither
Byrd MonumentRichard E. Byrd
Winchester, Virginia, 1888 - Boston 1957
American polar explorer and rear admiral, famous because of his exploration of the North and South Poles.
Thomas V. Johnston
RICHARD EVELYN BYRD
rear - admiral u.s.n.
born 25 october 1888
died 11 march 1957
ambassador of goodwill - friend of new zealand
= THE ANTARCTIC TREATY =
signed on 1 december 1959 by twelve nations,
this was a milestone along the road to international co-operation
it provided for non-militarisation,
for the prevention of nuclear explosions and disposal of radioactive waste,
for an international inspection system,
for the pooling of scientific information.
it demonstrated the subordination of national interests to the wider
cause of science and increased understanding between nations.
THE GREATEST EXPLORER OF THE AIR AGE
richard evelyn byrd dedicated his life to peaceful progress
for mankind. outstanding in aviation and exploration,
he was a scientist, a humanitarian, a champion of freedom
and a great internationalist. his concept of antarctica as
"the great white continent of peace"
was a prelude to the antarctic treaty.
may the spirit of the treaty endure and spread throughout the world
this memorial to the late rear admiral
byrd was restored through the efforts of
the new zealand american association
inc. and the new zealand antarctic
society inc. restoration was made
possible by the generosity of ameritech
and bell atlantic new zealand ltd.
mobil oil new zealand limited, national
geographic society, wellington city
council and numerous individual
benefactors from the united states of
america. it was rededicated on 21st
june 1993 by the hon. fran wilde, mayor of
the artwork on the tiles symbolising the
Dr. PAUL A. SIPLE
paul siple accompanied admiral byrd to
dedicated 11th march 1962
rt. hon. keith holyoake
rev. w.e.d. davies
thomas v. johnston r.a.
edward hutt esq.
g.w. markham esq.
antarctic divis. d.s.i.r.
richard e. byrd fellowship
the stones on this wall
are from the koettlitz glacier region
cape hailett and cape evans
In addition to the Prime Minister, the leader of the opposition, the Right Honorable Walter Nash, and the dean of the diplomatic corps, His Excellency Admiral Sir John Collins, made brief addresses. Mr. Tracey Simpson, chairman of the Richard E. Byrd Fellowship, which sponsored the memorial, read messages from prominent persons all over the world. Among them was one from President Kennedy which said in part that the memorial to Admiral Byrd would stand "as a symbol of enduring friendship between the United States, land of his birth, and New Zealand, the country with which he was so closely associated in his great adventures."
The memorial recognizes not only Admiral Byrd's accomplishments in exploration, referring to him as the "greatest explorer of the air age," but also his contributions to international understanding. One large plaque refers to him as "a great internationalist," whose "concepts of Antarctica as 'the great white continent of peace' are contained in the Antarctic Treaty."
In the early 1990s the monument was refurbished, and the sides were reclad with ceramic tiles depicting auroras, by artist Doreen Blumhardt. The plaques were replaced, and a new stone plaque was added commemorating Paul Siple. The memorial was rededicated on 21 June 1993.