Story: Public holidays

Armistice celebrations

This exuberant parade took place in Dunedin in July 1919, although the commentary suggests it happened after the signing of the First World War armistice in 1918. The Union Jack flags waved by many of the onlookers show that at the time New Zealanders saw themselves as very much part of the British Empire.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: The years back: the twentieth century. National Film Unit, 1973

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Public holidays - Celebrating imperial ties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 16 Sep 2016