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Featherston Camp Incident 75th Anniversary

Friday 23rd February 2018
74 Fox St, Rimutaka Hill, Featherston 5710

The 75th anniversary of the Incident at Featherston Prisoner Of War Camp which resulted in the deaths of 48 Japanese prisoners of war (POWs) and one guard Private Walter Pelvin 496685.

The Heritage Museum, South Wairarapa District Council, Featherston R.S.A. and locals are planning a bigger event this year to commemorate the tragic event that is part of our history now.

A number of events are due to take place in Featherston over the weekend of 24/25 February.


Saturday 24th

Aratoi’s “Summer Grass” exhibit at escVelocity Gallery (by War Memorial on main street) open from 8.30am - 5pm. Free admission.

Opening function at 11am, with artist Dame Robin White speaking.

Featherston Heritage Museum open from 9am.
With new specially presented displays of arts and crafts made by Japanese prisoners at Featherston Camp.


Sunday 25th

Summer Grass exhibit at escVelocity Gallery open from 8.30am - 5pm.

Heritage Museum open from 10am - 5pm. (closed during Ceremony)

1pm at Kiwi Hall, Birdwood Street, Featherston. Presentation by Professor Richard Bullen of University of Canterbury on The Art of the Prisoners: “Remembering Home from Featherston”

3pm Remembrance Ceremony at the Memorial Gardens outside Featherston. With combined band of 7th Battalion and Masterton Brass and an Honour Guard from Wellington Company, Army Reserve. Representatives from Government, Japanese Ambassador and Cowra Camp in Australia.

Refreshments afterwards at Anzac Hall.