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 →

We shall not sleep though poppies grow

From red poppies seen flowering on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli during the spring of 1915, to their use today, the red poppy is a poignant reminder of wartime loss. The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance that reminds us of service and sacrifice during war. Yet while the poppy is recognised... Continue Reading →

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