Passchendaele Centennial list of Public Events

Posted on September 28th, 2017

As we draw closer to the Passchendaele commemorations, we thought it timely to send you an updated list of Centennial events that are being planned in the main centres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are also aware of several other events in smaller towns throughout the country. Please check with your local RSA or you can see more events listed on the WW100 website.

Passchendaele Centennial Public Events in Auckland:

  • Tuesday 3rd October: Remembering Passchendaele. Auckland War Memorial Museum (A symposium commencing 6pm). For more information please refer to: www.aucklandmuseum.com/whats-on/war- memorial/remembering-passchendaele-symposium
  • Wednesday 4th October: Centenary of the Battle of Broodseinde. Eden Park (Free guided tours starting hourly 9am to 6pm). Sunset Ceremony commencing 6.30pm. Please see Mates on the Field mentioned in E-news#31.
  • Thursday 5th October: Installation of Passchendaele Field of Remembrance. Auckland Domain in front of AWMM (Blessing Ceremony 10am).
  • Thursday 12th October: Passchendaele Field of Remembrance Service. Auckland Domain (Remembrance Ceremony 10am).
  • Thursday 12th October: Passchendaele Centennial Commemoration. Auckland War Memorial Museum (WWI Hall of Memories 11am, members are advised to be seated by 10.30am). After our 11.00am commemoration, all attendees are invited for complimentary light refreshments served in the Events Centre upstairs at the Museum (12.15pm until 1.15pm).
  • Sunday 15th October: Passchendaele Memorial Concert. Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Auckland (2.30pm). Please see E-news #31. Since the printing of the flyer, the NZ Police Auckland Choir has been added to the cast and the Guest of Honour is the Rt.Hon. Sir Don McKinnon.
  • Friday 20th October: Disestablishment of Passchendaele Field of Remembrance. Auckland Domain in front of AWMM. (Blessing Ceremony 10am).

Passchendaele Centennial Public Events in Wellington:

  • Thursday 12th October: The national ceremony will be held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and is being hosted by         WW100 (Remembrance Ceremony 3pm). This will be followed by the unveiling of a memorial gifted to New Zealand by the Belgian Government. Both the ceremony and unveiling will be live streamed on the WW100 website and Facebook page. The public will also be able to watch the live stream from 3pm at Te Marae Rongomaraeroa, inside the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa). In the event of adverse weather, members of the public would be encouraged to watch from Te Papa.
  • Thursday 12th October: Following the ceremony and unveiling, there will be the daily Last Post at the National War Memorial at 5pm.
  • Thursday 12th October: The commemorative programme will conclude with a unique reflective event from 6pm at Te Papa, featuring the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band.
  • Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October: The 7WnHB Regimental Association is organising commemorations in Lower Hutt. Please contact Campbell Sutherland for more information on: acsutherland@xtra.co.nz.

Passchendaele Centennial Public Events in Christchurch:

  • Thursday 12th October: Christchurch Memorial RSA is planning to hold a commemorative parade and service with wreath laying at the Bridge of Remembrance.
  • 1st October till 30th November: 3,200 Fields of Remembrance crosses in the Park of Remembrance will be placed on the bank of the Avon adjacent to the Bridge of Remembrance to cover those the commemorative period of  Passchendaele, the sinking of HMS Marquette and Armistice Day 2017.

Passchendaele Centennial Public Events in Dunedin:

  • 1st October till 11th November: A Field of Remembrance will be installed around the Dunedin Cenotaph to mark the centenary.
  • 23rd September: The Toitu Otago Settlers Museum is hosting Freddy Declerck, expert on Passchendaele, who will talk at 2pm about the five battles in Flanders including the toll of war that has not only cost the lives of soldiers, but also civilians who died during the war and have been victims of WWI. The museum is also home to the “The Belgians Have Not Forgotten Exhibition” until 19th November. They are also hosting several other exhibitions.

 

On a final note, the Fields of Remembrance Trust have produced a Battle of Broodseinde commemorative pin, this is available through the FoRT website http://www.fieldsofremembrance.org.nz/. The Battle of Passchendaele commemorative pin is also available from the website or at ANZ Bank branches for $10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robyn Hughes Passchendaele Exhibition

Posted on September 28th, 2017

Commemorating Passchendaele – Home Front to Front Line by Robyn Hughes aims to bring those young men back from anonymity. From excerpts of local bank clerk Monty Ingram’s frontline diary and newspaper entries recording the knitted contributions of New Zealand’s women – sent to brothers, fathers and husbands – Robyn’s work tracks her attempt to understand what happened at Passchendaele through personal stories from the frontline, published accounts of home front efforts, and her own experience as a contemporary reflection on the war a century later.

Commemorating Passchendaele – Home Front to Frontline opens to the public on the 17 September 2017 at Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi – the Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre.

This exhibition is part of New Zealand’s First World War Centenary – 2014 – 2019.

The exhibition will be presented for 2 weeks in April 2018 at NorthArt Gallery, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote, Auckland.