Story: The New Zealanders

‘The band of the red, white, and blue’

‘The band of the red, white, and blue’

In 1907 the New Zealand government began publication of the School Journal for use in the nation’s schools. Its content reveals just how far New Zealanders at this time considered themselves also to be ‘British’. In 1908 the Journal published this sketch of young children acting out their loyal sentiments. The American flag held by one of the children indicates that Americans too were considered part of the Anglo-Saxon race. The sketch was accompanied by a poem, ‘The band of the red, white, and blue’. It included the following verses:

There waves the Flag of Britain,
The old ‘Red, White, and Blue.'
Play up, my gallant Drummer,
A loud rat-tat-a-too.

And now we’re marching onward
In all our brave array—
On to the field of battle—
To conquer, not to slay.

Play up again, brave Drummer!
We march against our foes!
We’re fighting for the Shamrock,
The Thistle, and the Rose.

‘Rat-tat-a-too, rat-tat-a-too,'
Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: School Journal 2, no. 4 (1908): 57.

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealanders - Britons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2015