Remembrance on Armistice Day

Today, November the eleventh, is the anniversary of Armistice Day, which commemorates the signing of the armistice between Germany and the Allies to end fighting on the Western Front of World War One.

The Auckland Weekly News Photographic Supplement contains many images relating to Armistice Day beginning with the singing of the armistice in 1918. The selection of photographs below show how Armistice Day was remembered by earlier generations around New Zealand and the Pacific:

The photograph below shows an Armistice Day service aboard the R.M.S. Mataroa which, only a few years later, was used as a troopship during the Second World War: 

In 1932 on the fourteenth anniversary of Armistice Day the Auckland Weekly News published a photograph of monuments that had been erected in New Zealand cities:

For more on the subject of memorials, tomorrow at the Central Library from 12pm Bruce Ringer is giving a talk about War Memorials and how New Zealanders sought to acknowledge their loved ones’ service and sacrifice.

The West Auckland Research Centre at Waitakere Central Library hosted a talk this morning to mark the anniversary. They are also currently showing a memorial exhibition presented in collaboration with Unitec Communication Studies students. This is running over the summer so do drop in and have a look at it.

In 2008, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the First World War armistice Auckland Libraries created an online exhibition, which can be viewed here, as part of the nationwide Coming Home initiative.

Auckland Libraries complete World War One centenary resources are listed here.

Author: Andrew Henry