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Coming home

Wednesday 3 July 12pm to 1pm Free

The Returned Soldier experience after the war with Dr Stephen Clarke.

Black and white photograph of returned soldiers in Waiuku
Returned soldiers, Waiuku, 1919. Gathering of former World War I servicemen, Waiuku, 19 July 1919. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, FRA: II, Footprints 04685. Photograph reproduced by courtesy of Waiuku Museum Society, 783.

During the First World War, 18,000 New Zealanders died and their names are immortalised on local war memorials that are the focal point of remembrance on Anzac Day. But what do we know about those 80,000, often forgotten New Zealanders who survived the war? 


Join Dr Stephen Clarke as he discusses the Great Silence about the experience of coming home from the Great War. 


Bio: Dr Stephen Clarke is a professional historian interested in the cultural and social impact of war on Aotearoa New Zealand. He is the author of After the War: The RSA in New Zealand and RSA in the City: A short history of the Auckland RSA.


Are you interested in family and local history; the historical stories of New Zealand, the Pacific, and beyond?


Then why not come along to one of our HeritageTalks - Waha pū-taonga and hear more about both our personal and our shared heritage? Experts in specialised fields deliver these talks and provide insight into our histories. 


HeritageTalks take place at least fortnightly, in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library unless otherwise stated. Booking is recommended although not essential.


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Black and white photograph of returned soldiers in Waiuku
Returned soldiers, Waiuku, 1919. Gathering of former World War I servicemen, Waiuku, 19 July 1919. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, FRA: II, Footprints 04685. Photograph reproduced by courtesy of Waiuku Museum Society, 783.

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