Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Thames (NZ): 'The First Time' ANZAC DAY

In 1916 the New Zealand Government decided that there should be a half day holiday on April 25 in commemoration of ANZAC Day. It was hoped that local bodies would observe this day, (Thames Star 7/4/1916)

The ANZAC Commemoration at Thames was held in the Central Hall in Pollen Street, at 7pm on the 25th of April 1916. The Regimental Band, Territorials and Cadets meeting at 6.30pm at the Drill Hall in Mackay street; before proceeding to the Central Hall service.
Thames Star 26/4/1916