peace celebrations


1919 peace celebrations

  • 1919 peace celebrations

    Although the guns fell silent on 11 November 1918, peace wasn't officially proclaimed until 28 June 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. In July 1919 communities throughout New Zealand and the Empire celebrated peace with elaborate public events over several days.

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  • Page 2 – Planning gets under way

    Almost immediately after the armistice, communities throughout New Zealand and the Empire began to plan elaborate celebrations that would mark the official end of the war in a

  • Page 3 – Plans change

    Instructions from the British government hindered New Zealand's efforts to plan peace celebrations, but the coal shortage had a much greater impact on the form they eventually

  • Page 4 – Peace celebration days

    Peace celebrations were held throughout New Zealand. Most communities held a Soldiers’ Day, a Day of Thanksgiving, and a Children’s Day on Saturday 19, Sunday 20 and Monday 21

  • Page 5 – Further information

    Suggestions of where to find further information on the peace celebrations.

Pacific aftermath

  • Main image: Methven empire oak

    The Methven Empire oak was planted on 19 July 1919 as during the peace day celebrations.