Early Anzac Day recalled at railway station

Video clip about the history behind the Anzac centenary at Petone Railway Station.

April 21 2016. One of the earliest Anzac Day services in New Zealand took place at a railway station 100 years ago. A centenary event is being held this year.

Anzac Day commemorations got underway in New Zealand while the First World War was still in full swing. One of the earliest gatherings to recall the events of Gallipoli was held at Petone Railway Station in 1916.

This gathering was specifically to remember railway workers who had fought in the war. A flagpole made from kauri and Australian hardwood was unveiled. It still stands today.

This year, a centenary event is being held by KiwiRail to recall that day 100 years ago. This year’s events include a train ride aboard the Passchendaele Express, a train of classic carriages pulled by a steam locomotive.

More information

Petone Anzac Day Centenary

More about the history:

Petone railway station war memorial (NZ History)

Petone Flagpole ANZAC Day service unique in honouring railway fallen (Kiwirail)

For information on the National War Memorial, see the virtual field trip:

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park