A stone bridge crossing the Avon River at the end of Cashel Mall. A large ornate archway spans the East end of the bridge.

A War Memorial erected by the citizens of Christchurch in 1923 to initially honour the sacrifice made during the 1914–1918 Great War. It also serves as a memorial to those who participated in both World Wars and in subsequent conflicts in Borneo, Malaya, Korea and Vietnam.

The memorial was designed by architect William Gummer and stonemason Frederick George Gurnsey.

Visitor information is available at the site. Download a copy of the short history of the Bridge of Remembrance [PDF, 1.2 MB].

Find the Bridge of Remembrance(external link).

Canterbury earthquakes

The Bridge of Remembrance was structurally damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake, but inspections soon after suggested it was stable. There was no apparent worsening of the structure as a result of the aftershocks on 13 June 2011 and 23 December 2011.

From January to April 2012 tests were carried out to determine the ground conditions around the bridge abutments. This information is essential as part of the design process to develop the best permanent repair strategy for the Bridge. Options for permanently repairing the Bridge and Arch were investigated throughout 2012.

Triumphal Arch

Repair and reinstatement

The earthquake repairs on the Triumphal Arch are complete.

The post tensioning work is complete in the minor and major arches. The internal cavities of these arches are now filled with concrete. In total there were 30 concrete pours with a total of 220.5m3 of concrete.

The arch is now a rigid structure with the stone work as a façade. The mechanisms that have been installed i.e. sliding joints and rocking collars, will allow this rigid structure to move in a controlled manner if there is another seismic event. 

Each joint is made up of steel plates that will slide on each other in a controlled manner. All the stone that was removed to either be repaired or to allow access for the installation of the mechanisms has been placed back on the arch. The symbols that sit in the middle of each arch have been put back in place.

People will have noticed that the lions are again sitting on top of the minor arches. When work started in June 2013 the lions were removed and carefully placed in storage.

The lions were originally carved in six pieces. Some of the earthquake damage included cracking along these joins as well as spalling or chipping of the stone. The tail ends, that are attached to the main arch structure, shattered.

The return of the lions was a slow process as each piece was carefully put in place to ensure they were not damaged. The stone masons then repaired the lions on site. They have carved some new pieces as well as doing small repairs to the cracks.

Stainless steel pins have been inserted into the lions to prevent shear movement, movement from forces along the base of each lion. This is added protection if there is another seismic event. 

All the attachments and symbolism has been returned to the arch. The bronze lanterns have been hot waxed as part of their annual maintenance and installed along with the flags.