BOPCTA President Ben Tuck congratulates Graphic Artist and Life Member Allan Ebbett for his generous donation of the historical feature honours board to the BOPCTA.
The board is a fantastic new feature and takes pride of place in the clubrooms at TECT Park.
It records the winners of the club championships from the new clubs start in 2013.
The Bay of Plenty Clay Target Association’s complex with its commanding outlook across the eastern Bay of Plenty, shares its hallowed grounds with many early New Zealand historical events.
Situated in roaming countryside between Tauranga and Rotorua, the surrounding area was once involved in many military manoeuvres associated with the New Zealand Maori Wars of the 1860s.
The most well-known of all these skirmishes being the battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa)
The 3 metre long Honours Board’s background, reveals an historical Military portrait scene, immaculately recreated by artist and Life member, Allan Ebbett, found amongst the archives of Tauranga’s historical past.
The artwork depicts members of the British Military Regiment with local militia and Volunteers, on the morning of the famous nearby battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) 29th April 1864.
Raised clear Perspex sign panels mounted in relief, feature the names of annual Bay of Plenty Clay Target Association's Club championship winners.
General Sir Duncan Cameron centre right, hands in pockets, (after which Cameron Rd Tauranga was named), can be seen surrounded by British regulars, local militia and Volunteers.
Also named is Corporal Kelly (centre back row, shortest, with big beard).
The three men on extreme right are named as Sergeant Hussey, Sergeant Smith and Dr Joseph Henry.
Standing next to Cameron is Captain St John (on Cameron's right is a member of the 1st Waikato).
Seated on the gun behind Cameron is Captain Hunter.
Sergeant Major Kerr with the bushy beard.
A tall Royal Artillery officer in a braided patrol jacket stands left of the general, and Royal Artillery sergeants and gunners are seated at the left.
At front centre is Sergeant Major Jackson (1st Waikato) atop a 12 pounder Coehorn mortar, with its bomb shells to the left of it.