Tait bust is unveiled

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2011
Janie Annear
NATASHA MARTIN/Fairfax NZ

HONOURED: Mayor Janie Annear lifts the veil on the Admiral Sir Gordon Tait sculpture.

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Another of South Canterbury's most famous sons has been honoured with a bronze bust.

The late Sir Gordon Tait was recognised with an unveiling at the Timaru Library yesterday.

The bust was moulded by South Canterbury sculptor Margriet Windhausen and presented to the community by the Hervey Arts Trust.

Lord Samuel Elworthy, another esteemed Timaruvian, was moulded by Windhausen in 1990 and has been housed in the library.

His bust has been moved to sit alongside Sir Gordon's outside the library.

Both men had outstanding military careers.

Admiral Tait, who died in 2005, was New Zealand's highest ranking naval officer, a submariner, war hero, aide-de-camp to Lord Freyberg, head of the British Royal Naval College, second sea lord of the admiralty and company director.

Lord Elworthy passed away in 1993.

He held numerous titles during a distinguished career including Chief of Britain's Defence Staff and Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

Lady Philippa Tait was at the unveiling with her son, daughter and two granddaughters.

Naval representatives and RSA members were also in attendance.

Hervey Arts trustee James Wallace acknowledged both men.

"We think these sculptures are of the highest quality.

"These men had great charm, impeccable manners and told great stories; I was fortunate to meet both of them."

Mayor Janie Annear said she was lucky enough to meet Admiral Tait. "He was a man of mana; I loved his modest way."

She thanked the Hervey Trust and promised that Timaru would treasure and care for the busts.

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- The Timaru Herald

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