The original cross was erected in 1907. It was formally unveiled March 12 by his Excellency the Governor, with a crowd of around 300, and many others watching from boats offshore.
At that time the monument was described as
The monument is in the form of a Celtic cross standing on a massive “die,” over a base and sub-base. The whole structure is of hard stone, the cross and die being of Melbourne bluestone, from the Malmesbury quarries, Victoria, and the bases of local volcanic stone. On the front of the die is a slab, bearing the inscription, in deeply—cut Roman‘ letters.
It was designed by Archdeacon Walsh and made by Mr Bouskill of Symonds Street and cost about 225 pounds.
The fundraising for the cross was first publicised in the Church Gazette of the Diocese of Auckland, November 1905, the matter having been the subject of a resolution of the previous Diocesan Synod.
Archdeacon Walsh wrote “The scale of the cross would of course depend on the funds available, but the object being one that appeals so strongly to every Christian in New Zealand, there should be no difficulty in obtaining a sum sufficient to erect a really worthy monument. I have already received a promise of 100m pounds and three promises of 5 pounds each, on the condition that the memorial be in the shape of a stone cross, to be erected on, or as near as possible to the spot on which the service was held …
In April 1918, the Bishop visited Oihi and noted at the Standing Committee meeting, that the top part of the cross had fallen off after a recent storm. After fundraising again, it was later repaired with a new top section added. The photograph shows the cross with its replacement top section and the old part lying on the ground.
Marsden Cross at Oihi Bay. John Kinder Theological Library. Archive ref: SJC 28/1/164 [A0164]