Facts on original installation of city’s Endeavour models
The Endeavour models were one of several projects proposed for the Cook Bicentary celebrations in 1969 by the committee formed for this purpose, comprising Bruce Glengarry, Jock Corson, Colin Pilbrow and myself.
One of the tasks delegated to me was to design a stylised version of the Endeavour suitable for display externally and capable of withstanding the elements for at least 12 months. The intention was that after this time they would be removed.
Pole mounting seemed to be the best method of display. Peel Street and Grey Street intersections with Gladstone Road were the proposed locations. Approval was sought and given by the city engineer H.C. Williams. He enthusiastically agreed that the euclid tyres at the base of the poles would not only provide adequate protection but also provide better traffic management.
Half full-size detailed drawings were drafted by myself. Reponsibility for the construction was given to Jack Knight, a joiner employed by building contractor Story and Lomas.
I was involved with the installation of a simplified rigging system, using the borrowed Endeavour model from the HB Williams library as a guide.
John Kibble was not involved at all in this project, but was possibly involved in subsequent repairs.