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Ted's bottle - sculpture

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Fundraising to complete a brass statue of Private Ted d'Auvergne to be placed in a public landscaped area by the Waihao Forks Hotel.

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Private Ted d'Auvergne left his beer at the Waihao Forks Pub and went of to war to fight for his country. Along with so many other soldiers, he never returned to finish his beer, and so the iconic story of Ted's bottle begins.

Like so many other young men (and women) from around our district and our country who gave their lives for us, we need to remember Ted. His story touches so many of us and so to honour our soldiers a life sized sculpture of Ted dAuvergne has been commissioned. The sculpture will be made of brass and will be created by former Oamaru-based artist Don Paterson in the style of The Bushman sculpture in Waimate's main street.

The life-sized sculpture will have an accompanying information platform and is planned to be unveiled in time for Anzac Day 2020.

A 'Statue Committee' has been formed to oversee and manage this project and the Waimate District Charitable Foundation is happy to support them by providing this page and banking all donations made towards this project.

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The money will be used to pay for the sculpture, landscaping and the information plaque and signage.

Latest update

Fundraising Update  17 April 2019

The fundraising for this project is still very active, with the fundraising committee having made successful applications with local fundraising organisations. There are some fundraising events planned for this year as well, so keep an eye out for these. We anticipate the artwork will be started shortly and it is to be completed and in place outside the Waihao Forks Hotel prior to Anzac day 2020.

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  • Dominique

    Dominique on 22 Feb 2019


    Good luck with your project


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 13 Jan 2019


    I first read Ted's poignant story many years ago and have been to see the bottle. We owe these men and women of my parent's generation a debt we can never repay.


  • Mark & Carmen Hurst

    Mark & Carmen Hurst on 19 Oct 2018



  • Rosa Westgarth and Jan Gibson

    Rosa Westgarth and Jan Gibson on 19 Oct 2018


    Ted is our Great Uncle. We travelled to Crete this year to see his grave. We shared a Speights with him and meet the family of the boy that cared for Ted before he died. Thank you for doing this statue in memory of Ted.


  • Stuart Duncan

    Stuart Duncan on 15 Oct 2018



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This page was created on 28 Sep 2018 and closes on 30 Apr 2020.
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