Archibald Baxter Peace Garden

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The trust will honour Archibald Baxter, and other war objectors, by creating a peace garden in Dunedin.

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"I believe that passive resistance to evil is the power that will yet conquer the world"

Archibald Baxter is perhaps New Zealand's best-known conscientious objector, husband of Millicent Baxter (née Macmillan Brown) and father of poet James K. Baxter.

Archibald steadfastly endured the suffering caused by his decision to reject military service during the First World War.

Transported to France and exposed to the horrors of frontline warfare, Archie and his fellow objectors have left New Zealand a legacy of principled resistance to war that is today more relevant than ever in our conflict-ridden world.

The trust will honour Archibald Baxter and other conscientious objectors from New Zealand

with the creation of a peace garden, peace lectures, and an essay or film competition for secondary school students.

Aims

We work hard to promote peace education and peace studies at all levels in our communities.

The trust has three specific aims and every dollar raised will go directly to these efforts:

To establish a physical memorial in Dunedin New Zealand to remember those who stood, and continue to stand for peaceful alternatives to conflict and war.

The memorial will take the form of a peace garden where visitors can pause to reflect on the experience of Baxter and his companions and their reasons for rejecting war.

To organise an occasional peace lecture to be given in Archies' name.

To promote an essay and short film competition in Otago schools on the topic of peace.

Can you help us with a donation to make this a reality?

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Archibald Baxter is perhaps New Zealand’s best-known conscientious objector, husband of Millicent Baxter (née Macmillan Brown) and father of poet James K. Baxter.

Archibald steadfastly endured the suffering caused by his decision to reject military service during the First World War.

Transported to France and exposed to the horrors of frontline warfare, Archie and his fellow objectors have left New Zealand a legacy of principled resistance to war that is today more relevant than ever in our conflict-ridden world.

The trust plans to honour Archibald Baxter and other conscientious objectors from New Zealand with the creation of a memorial peace garden, an annual peace lecture and an essay or film competition for secondary school students.

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Former Attorney General Finlayson Joins Baxter Trust  1 May 2019

In March 2019 the Dunedin-based Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust welcomed as a trustee former Attorney General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Culture and Heritage Chris Finlayson.

Trust chair Kevin Clements acknowledged Mr Finlayson’s longstanding interest in acknowledging Baxter’s stand against war and welcomed his active support, especially as the Trust was now seeking to raise substantial funds to build the peace garden.


Latest donations

  • Alan Gray/Steve Gray and family.

    Alan Gray/Steve Gray and family. on 17 Jul 2019

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    My Grandfather was Hugh Radford Gray and he was among the 286 imprisoned for their beliefs. He spent two years in Mount Eden prison. He and the others deserve a place to be honored for their sacrifice, this did not end with his being released from prison. Thank you for your efforts and commitment to this project. We look forward to following it's progress and final place in New Zealands history.

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  • Sam

    Sam on 16 Jul 2019

    $20

    In honour of Silas.

    $20

  • Ralph and Maria

    Ralph and Maria on 06 Jul 2019

    $20

    We're looking forward to seeing the new peace garden take shape. Thanks for all your work to make it real.

    $20

  • Mel McAtamney

    Mel McAtamney on 04 Jul 2019

    $50

    $50

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 30 Jun 2019

    $50

    $50


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