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Callaway's War (2)

Mike Dwight again wowed the CB today with an excellent presentation designed to garner support for a wide ranging set of proposed activities to be arranged throughout the period of the RWC. These are broadly arranged around the assembly of an exhibition at Coromandel, and a heritage trail taking in all the relevant local history of involvement in the Boer War.

The whole arrangement is designed to be under the auspices of the Coromandel Heritage Trust (otherwise known as The Treasury), and is designed to have sustainability and growth following the RWC. The deal is clearly aimed at bringing as many visitors as possible to the Coromandel from the countries that participated in the Boer War, including South Africa, Britain, Australia and Canada.

It is proposed to build the project around the work that has already been done by Mike and others to promote the Callaway story (first tangata whenua officer, and probable longest service in the Republic of any NZ volunteer) Mike tells of Callaway's self-composed war-cry of "Ake, Ake, Ake" (probably the forerunner of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie", for which we must not hold him responsible!)

Mike presented a rough budget for around $25,000 which appeared to get wide support amongst the CB membership, but which will come back to the next meeting for a decision as to whether the TUGPRA Account can again be raided for the purpose.



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