Drover statue recognised as landmark

Last updated 12:00 10/07/2014

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Feilding's Drover and Dog statue, which stands guard on Kimbolton Rd at the entrance to the town's centre, has been immortalised in NZ Post's latest stamp series - Legendary Landmarks.

The stamps depict statues and sculptures from around New Zealand, including Taihape's gumboot and Hunterville's Huntaway statue.

"Having Feilding's iconic Drover and Dog recognised as being a legendary landmark that encapsulates the spirit of the town and district is fantastic," said Manawatu District Council deputy mayor Tony Jensen.

"It is great that they recognise small, mainly rural communities that are the heart of New Zealand culturally and economically. I also think it is great to see two of our neighbouring iconic statues recognised as well."

Drover and Dog was sculpted by John Fuller, who died in September 2012.

Fuller arrived in 1953 to take up a position at Feilding Agricultural High School as its head of art - a position he held until his retirement in 1985.

His sculptures grace many sites in Feilding, and he also designed and made the crest for Manawatu District Council and the mayoral chain.

Fuller also donated the Squabbling Birds sculpture outside the Feilding library.

Other iconic features in the stamp issue include Tirau's large sheep, Ohakune's carrot and Te Puke's kiwifruit.

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- Manawatu Standard

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