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Galatos, Crete

Galatos, Crete

Galatos is a town on the island of Crete in Greece. It may seem an unusual choice of name for a back road between Rotorua and Taupō. Galatos was the site of a famous counter-attack by New Zealand soldiers together with locals in Crete during the Second World War. The soldiers have been long remembered by Cretans, and in turn access roads to the land taken up in the Rotorua and Taupō districts by returned soldiers were named after the war in memory of Crete. This photo shows New Zealand soldiers on Crete at a lunch held in their honour just after the Second World War.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
Reference: DA-08448
Photograph by J. Murphy

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Place names - Naming after 1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 24 Nov 2008