In the re-sited Waiorongomai School (c1916), this museum houses a collection of information and memorabilia from the WWI Featherston Military Training Camp, the WWII Japanese Prisoner of War Camp, and of Featherston and its surrounding districts.
An Awfully Big Adventure – Our Voice audio-visual brings the Great War camp and its history to life. Featherston camp trained 60,000 NZ troops preparing for the Great War between 1916 and 1918.
During World War II about 800 Japanese POWs were imprisoned on part of the World War I Military Camp. The “incident” of 25 February 1943 where 48 POWs and one New Zealander died is explained. Take this rare opportunity to see unique artworks and carvings made by the camp’s POWs.
See a working Ford Model AA 1932 fire engine and fire fighting memorabilia of the Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade.