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Anzac Day, 1916 (1st of 3)

Anzac Day, 1916

Crowds gather around a commemorative flagpole at Petone railway station on New Zealand's first Anzac Day, 25 April 1916. The day marked the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli the year before. Although it ended in military defeat, the Gallipoli campaign helped forge a sense of New Zealand nationhood. Anzac Day was formally made a public holiday in 1920.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-0589-1/2-G
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Public holidays - New Zealand’s special national holidays', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Sep 2016