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Chunuk Bair Gallipoli Commemoration 2018


Wed 8 Aug 2018, 5:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Distinction Hotel, 175 - 185 Cuba St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The Chunuk Bair Gallipoli Commemoration 2018 is part of the World War I Centenary Programme. The programme this year contains a book launch followed by two presentations.

Book Launch: The Myriad Legacies of 1917: A Year of War and Revolution, by His Excellency Gerhard Thiedemann, Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany, Wellington

“Unpacking August: Common Myths and Misconceptions About Gallipoli's Final Offensive” by Professor Craig Stockings, Australian War Memorial.

In the minds of many, the sites that mark the most significant gains made by Anzac troops during the August Offensive embody an interpretation of Gallipoli that is much closer to historical fiction than historical fact.

This presentation will not discuss in depth the undoubted heroism and sacrifice of those on both sides who took part in the battles of the August Offensive or the intricacies of the battles themselves. It will however, challenge some of the accepted ‘truths’ or ‘wisdoms’ of the popular narrative of August. History sometime needs a shake, and tradition sometimes needs a challenge.

“Gallipoli: Which New Zealand Story?” by Colonel (Retd.) John McLeod, New Zealand Defence Force
Gallipoli’s iconic status has led to it becoming a commemorative destination for New Zealanders and Australians and a national historic taonga. But what do we know about our own story, and where has the centenary challenged this story?

Apart from one or two well-known exceptions, our historians seem to have taken the easy approach to validating our Gallipoli story. Much of the treasure trove of archival material remains untouched and it is an indictment that it took 100 years to work out how many New Zealanders served on Gallipoli.

This talk will focus on where our Gallipoli story has got to as we approach the end of the centenary and what this means for how we commemorate there. Is there a divergence between New Zealand and Australia on this? Perhaps the time has come to really challenge what we are doing at Gallipoli each Anzac Day.

Attendance by registration only. Register at: or phone: 06 356 9099 ext. 86481 by Friday 3 August.

Light refreshments served.

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