Remembrance of War: New Zealand

In November 2014 I visited the Te Papa museum in Wellington, and saw this memorial panel for the First World War.

Wellington Te Papa poppies

Around 100,000 New Zealanders served overseas in that war; and more than 18,000 died, a long way from home.  Many of them were in the ANZAC forces which landed in Gallipoli in April 1915, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

A new exhibit about the Gallipoli campaign opens in Wellington today.  Click here for more details.

This year the New Zealand government is launching trails to enable people to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors at Gallipoli and the Western Front.  The trails are called “Nga Tapuwae” or “In Their Footsteps”.  Most of the trails are in Europe, but the first step is actually in Wellington.

Wellington soldier fern sign (1)

Starting in October 1914, many troop ships departed from the port of Wellington.  On the centenary of the departure of the first ships, this interpretative sign was unveiled, using a design of soldiers arranged like a silver fern.

Wellington In their footsteps

Click here for more details of the Trails.

To finish this set of posts about the remembrance of war, here is a real poppy growing far away from any memorial.

NZ hobbiton poppy



3 Comments Add yours

  1. linnetmoss says:

    That silver fern is an amazing image! And the poppy. I am fascinated by the use of the Maori language in the memorial. Were many of the soldiers native New Zealanders?


  2. Kim in Fiji says:

    All so horribly sad. I’m looking forward to some donkeys when you get home.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Agreed. And I’ve learned from a Baha’i friend that you have a festival coming up…so Happy Ridvan!


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