Anzac Commemorative site, Gallipoli

Anzac Day – 25 April – marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian troops, popularly known as Anzacs (the acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915. While the campaign ended in military defeat, it is widely claimed that the Gallipoli experience helped foster a sense of nationhood in both New Zealand and Australia.

New Zealand first observed Anzac Day in 1916 with processions, church services and public meetings attended by large crowds. In 1920, the Anzac Day Act made 25 April a public holiday to commemorate those who had died in the First World War. Now the day honours all New Zealanders who have served in wars overseas.

This page provides links to updated versions of information previously available via the anzac.govt.nz website.

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The history of Anzac Day

Anzac Day history

Anzac Day - 25 April - was first marked in 1916. The day has gone through many changes since then. The ceremonies that are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand, and in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, remain rich in tradition and ritual befitting a military funeral. Read the full article...

 

The Gallipoli Campaign

Gallipoli Campaign history

Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders and Australians mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey. Read the full article

 

Visiting Gallipoli today

Ngā Tapuwae website

Follow in the footsteps of the New Zealanders at Gallipoli through the Ngā Tapuwae heritage trails website and downloadable app.

See also: interactive modern-day panoramas of key sites

 

Anzac Day in the Pacific

Anzac Day in teh Pacific history

Armistice Day was the initial focal point for commemorations in the Cook Islands and Niue after the First World War. But because men from both countries had served in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, observances gradually shifted to Anzac Day in April. Read the full article

 

Planning your Anzac Day event

Planning Anzac Day ceremonies

Some useful resources on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website for those planning local events on 25 April. It includes information about the order of ceremony, examples of speeches and the Anzac Day messages from the Prime Minister and Governor-General.

 

Related content on Te Ara

Anzac content on Te Ara

Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand includes many articles relating to Anzac Day.  Read about the New Zealand and Australia relationship; Public holidays; New Zealand identity; and an overview of the First World War.

 

War memorials

War memorials register

New Zealand's war memorials provide a focal point for Anzac Day ceremonies around the country. We list more than 1000 memorials on our register - find those in your region here.

 

Other useful links

Anzac Day on the RNZRSA website

Archway (Archives New Zealand) - includes the digitised service records of almost all New Zealanders who served in the New Zealand military during the First World War

Cenotaph database (Auckland War Memorial Museum) - a database of New Zealanders who have served in the armed forces

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - records for 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. Includes information on all cemeteries and memorials managed by the CWGC

First World War cemetery maps - Google maps that locate all cemeteries where New Zealanders killed in the First World War are buried or memorialised

NZEF Units - information about the role and insignia (badges, patches, etc.) of each unit in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Researching WW1 - resources for researching New Zealand's First World War history, including a guide for researching soldiers and a database of those who resisted going to war

Statistical information about New Zealand casualties in overseas wars (PDF)

WW100 - the central hub for information about First World War centenary activities. Includes an interesting essay on Gallipoli numbers

How to cite this page

'Anzac Day resources', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/anzac-day-resources, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 24-Apr-2017