Busts and Statues of Rutherford
To be entered as time becomes available.
William Trethewey (1892-1956).
Copyright: Trethewey Family.
Rutherford died in Oct 1937 and the Second World War started less than 2 years later, so Rutherford
memorial efforts didn't get underway till the mid 1950s. However c1941 William Trethewey in Christchurch?
produced a clay model for a memorial bust of Rutherford to be cast in bronze. Because it was desperate times
during the war no money eventuated so the clay was recycled. Pity.
About the Artist.
William Thomas Trethewey (1892-1956) was a monumental mason born in Christchurch. He carved the Kaiapoi War Memorial
(1922, judged the best depiction of a WW1 soldier down to a broken bootlace), the Captain Cook statue (1932, Italian Marble)
in Victoria square, and Christchurch's famous Peace Memorial in Cathedral Square. That design was accepted in 1933, carved in clay
by Trethewery, and cast in bronze at Burton's foundry in London. The five figures depict Youth, Justice, Peace, Valour, and Sacrifice.
The memorial was unveiled in 1937, just in time for the next war. The stone mason firm is now run by its third generation.