A bronze sculpture honouring soldier and artist Horace Moore-Jones, who fought at Gallipoli in World War I, was officially unveiled in Sapper Moore-Jones Place, central Hamilton today (Friday 27 March) and featured a Turkish-born Waikato Hospital doctor.
Waikato Hospital plastic surgeon Dr Bulent Yaprak played an important role. As part of the Waikato Turkish Society he welcomed the visiting Turkish representatives to Hamilton and shared in the unveiling ceremony by officially handing over the piece of granite sent from Gallipoli to mount the sculpture.
“I am proud to be part of a small group representing the Turkish community for this historic event,” he said.
”I am looking forward to catching up with the Canakkale Governor as this is the province where my mother’s side of my family is from.”
Dr Yaprak is from a town called Zonguldak on the the northern Black Sea coast of Turkey. He came to live in New Zealand five years ago with his kiwi wife Caren.
Three years ago the name of Marlborough Place was changed to Sapper Moore-Jones Place. Moore-Jones was a WW1 army artist and painted the famous painting of . After the war he lived and worked as a teacher and died while rescuing people from a Hamilton hotel fire in 1922.
The statue was gifted to the city by Theatre of the Impossible Trust to celebrate 100 years since the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) landed in a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. In 1985, the name Anzac Cove was officially recognised by the Turkish government as the cove’s name.
The artwork of The Man with the Donkey symbolises the origins of Anzac Day and our sense of nationhood, portraying Dick Henderson, who was a stretcher bearer in the New Zealand Medical Corps at Gallipoli. The statue will mark the centenary of the First World War and the Gallipoli campaign, plus the city of Hamilton’s history and the 150th anniversary of our military settlement.
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