Bush Telegraph Tuesday, May 9, 1995
Pahiatua's Flagstaff, situated in Square 4 of Main Street, is strictly known as the Sedcole Flagstaff, and is listed under Category 2 with the Historic Places Trust.
The Flagstaff was designed and erected by Mr H Sedcole in 1900, and he presented it to the town. He had a mill by the old Masonic Hotel and milled the timber for the Flagstaff himself.
The first flag, a Union Jack, was made by his daughter, Mrs Annie Bentley.
In 1972 the pole was thought to be unsound and as it would cost $820 to repair, it was suggested that it be replaced by a fountain. However the Borough Council of that time decided that with the expenditure of $200, it would last 15 or 20 years and now it seems it will last into next century.
As a Lion's Project, a shelter was built at the base of the Flagstaff, with tables and seating. A low concrete wall surrounds a paved walkway.
Each Anzac Day, the flag s hoisted up the old F...