Anzac month exhibition “We Will Remember Them” 6–30 April 2006
New Zealand’s equivalent of Armistice Day is Anzac Day, a National Holiday held on 25 April each year. While Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is the anniversary of an ill-fated campaign at Gallipoli in World War 1, the day has evolved into recognition and appreciation of New Zealanders who have served their country in all arenas of armed conflict ever since.
This year, in a community-oriented exhibition, our museum recognised men and women from all services and from all arenas of conflict in which our district has had representation, We appealed to members of the public to loan us their framed photographs of family members who had served overseas, in uniform.
Photos and items of memorabilia poured in during the weeks leading up to 25 April – as did many very moving stories. On Anzac Day itself the museum was packed with people, for our service of commemoration, a cultural group performing 2nd World War songs and for the other activities appropriate to the day.
The exhibition was a huge success in terms of community input and all our staff were honoured to participate in it.
The first portrait hung in the exhibition was of Dick Black, his youngest descendents doing the honours.
Curator Jolene Douglas amongst portraits and images of the WWII section.
Educator Gayle Te Kani conducts a lesson within the exhibition.
Cameras from Maori Television set up in the gallery.
Doug Kidd, a keynote speaker on Anzac Day at the Museum.
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