Remembering Soldiers

  In 1918 Ashburton’s third Anzac Day was commemorated. The Ashburton Guardian anticipated it would ‘differ slightly’ from previous celebrations. Indeed, the government had declared Anzac Day 1918 a whole day holiday. A free day meant more time for more people to be involved, and more time for more expansive demonstrations. The proposed re-introduction of... Continue Reading →

Ashburton and the Somme

It’s hard to imagine the horrors that greeted New Zealand soldiers when they entered the Battle of the Somme. The many young Ashburton men who joined the battle must have been acutely aware of how far they were from home. Instead of the familiar farms, rivers and mountains of home, the battlefield was a desperately... Continue Reading →

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