Friday, 26 April 2013

Anzac Day

First marked in 1916, Anzac Day commemorates all the New Zealanders killed in war and it also honours returned servicemen and women. The commemoration date, 25th April, remembers the date that the New Zealand and Australian soldiers or the Anzacs landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

A new documentary, which screens on TV this Sunday, tells the story of one of the country's most distinguished, yet little known Anzac heroes. 'The Forgotten General' pays tribute to Major General Sir Andrew Hamilton Russell, one of the top-ranked divisional commanders of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles at Gallipoli. He was also overall commander of the 20,000-strong New Zealand division on the Western Front.

To commemorate and reflect upon this important day, here are a selection of Auckland Libraries' heritage images relating to Anzac Day, which are drawn from around the region and across the decades.

West:
Ref: JTD-11K-01640-2, unveiling of New Lynn War Memorial on Anzac Day, 25 April 1958, West Auckland Research Centre



Ref: JTD-05J-03183, trampers at remains of wartime road block, Karekare, 1945, West Auckland Research Centre

Ref: JTD-04K-03812, unveiling of War Memorial on Lion Rock, 1920, West Auckland Research Centre
North:
Ref: N0111016, Anzac Day gathering, Northcote, 1920s, North Auckland Research Centre
Ref: T1172, barbed wire defences on Takapuna Beach during World War II, Takapuna, 1942, North Auckland Research Centre
Central:
Ref: 1-W1595, recruiting station on Queen Street, Auckland Central, 1917, Heritage Images
Ref: 7-A5974, War Memorial gates and archway at Remuera School, no date, Remuera, Heritage Images
Ref: AWNS-1936042943-1, Anzac Day ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Parnell, 1936, Sir George Grey Special Collections
South:
Ref: Footprints 01073, Anzac parade, Howick, 1954, photography by kind permission of Howick Historical Society, South Auckland Research Centre
Ref: Footprints 02039, children with machine gun from WW1, c.1920, photograph by kind permission of Howick Library, South Auckland Research Centre

Ref: Footprints 03458, veterans Papakura, 1997, photograph reproduced by kind permission of Fairfax Media, South Auckland Research Centre

Ref: Footprints 04206, Poppy sellers, Howick 2000, photograph reproduced by kind permission of Fairfax Media, South Auckland Research Centre

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