Thursday, 23 April 2009

ANZAC Day 2009 - Satarday, 25th April - Auckland Museum timetable

Auckland Museum ANZAC Day Timetable.
I am sure ex Auckland people will forgive the local flavour to this post. Here in NZ it is ANZAC day on Saturday. It commemorates many acts of service and heroism by NZ and Australian people.

As Wikipedia cites, "Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs.

Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand. This is a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same national day, but making reference to both countries in its name.

Like others around the world, the various and ceremonies and commemoration points have now gained a whole new audience of young people who want to make their own connection, as well as pay their respects to these poignant voices from the past "

Auckland Museum, whose long title is The Auckland War Memorial Museum, has a full day of events and activities. The day begins with a dawn service of remembrance outside on the Cenotaph, at 6am, and then the Museum opens just after

ANZAC Day Programme

Saturday 25 April

6am Dawn Service, Cenotaph
6.45am Museum opens to the public

Sign the digital Book of Remembrance, Grand Foyer and The Armoury, 2nd floor.

Research family in the military using the Cenotaph database and the Armoury Information Centre.

Medals and badges; have them photographed for Cenotaph, identified and talk about their significance

Slide shows from the collections: Information centres.

8.00am Andrews Sisters, Atrium
9.00am Guided tours Scars on the Heart galleries. Meet Armoury Information Centre
9.00am-5 pm Displays and Demonstrations International Plastic Modellers Society. Armoury Information Centre
11am Public Commemorative Service
10.45am Grand Foyer closes
11am Civic Service, Cenotaph
12pm Foyer reopens
12.30pm Nurse Lottie, Scars on the Heart I
1pm ‘Lest We Forget’ Poetry Competition finalists, World War II Hall of Memories
2pm Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Wind Ensemble, World War II Hall of Memories
2.30pm Nurse Lottie, Scars on the Heart I
3.15pm Bugler William Gunson plays wartime favourites and commemorative pieces, Grand Foyer.

Auditorium Programme

1.00 pm Illustrated talk: Compulsory Military Training in New Zealand 1949 on Brodie Adamson, researcher, History Department, University of Auckland.
1.40 pm “Illustrated talk: Finding your relatives - early NZ military records. Historian and writer John Binsley. Auditorium.
2.10 pm Illustrated talk: WW1, British, Australian, NZers, Fijians, Samoans, Nuieans - Pacific men going to war. Christine Liava’a convener of NZ Soc. Genealogists Pacific Island interest group.
2.40 pm Illustrated talk: Textiles at war in the Museum collections. Rose Young, Curator Social History.
3.10 pm Illustrated talk: WW2. Oral history and the Pacific theatre. Megan Hutching, oral historian.

Further online sources
I will add some more sources later. Feel free to offer some in the comment section.