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Sat 25 Apr 2015, 6:00am–5:00pm
Sun 26 Apr 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 27 Apr 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Trafalgar Park, Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

A weekend of commemoration, reflection, education and family fun to mark the centennial of the Anzac Day landings at Gallipoli during World War I.

Saturday, 25 April:
Anzac Day Centennial Commemoration Dawn Service, 6am-7.30am, Trafalgar Park. Featuring guest speakers, including a representative of the Turkish Government, a Field of Remembrance (nearly 600 named white crosses for Nelson people who died in WWI service), live music and a flyover of a Tiger Moth and replica Mustang. Bring cash to buy breakfast at the park at the end of the service and wander through the Field of Remembrance. See separate listing for full details.

Nelson Provincial Museum, open from 7am on Anzac Day with the new section of its 'WW1-Their Stories - Our History' exhibition: '1915 – The End of Innocence'. As the death toll starts to mount the mood back home amongst the communities in the Province of Nelson changes markedly. Usual hours: 10am to 5pm weekdays, 4.30pm weekends.

Nelson College Scriptorium, Waimea Road: College and Old Boys' Association war memorial and museum, open Anzac Day 9am-4pm.

Sunday, 26 April:
Anzac Remembrance Service, Christ Church Cathedral, 10am-11.30am.

Need help researching your Nelson or Tasman family's WWI history? Visit the Attic, the library of the Nelson branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists, 67 Trafalgar Street (opposite Trailways), 2-4pm.

Monday, 27 April:
Anzac Apple Day, Founders Heritage Park. 10am-3.30pm. A fun family day, reminiscent of wartime fundraising events. Entry fee. See separate listing.

Throughout the weekend and beyond:
Nelson Public Libraries: various WWI displays, including memorabilia, women, books and music, 20 April -30 May.

Isel House: Further Afield, Stoke's WWI Families exhibition. The stories of the fallen soldiers of Stoke, their family connections and WWI links to Isel. Sat-Sun (closed Monday) 11am-4pm.

Broadgreen House: Life at Home During WWI exhibition. Exploring the impact of the war on the Langbein family, resident at Broadgreen during the war and which had two sons serving. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Exhibition runs 4 Apil-27 April.

Melrose House: discover Melrose's wartime history and that of one of its residents, Colonel Noel Percy Adams. On Anzac Sunday (only) enjoy an Anzac biscuit at the cafe. House open 9am-5pm. Exhibition on display the week either side of Anzac Weekend.

Nelson Anzac Poppies Project banners, Christ Church Cathedral.

For a map and details of these and other Anzac Weekend commemorative activities, go to the Nelson Govt website and download the Anzac Trail Map.

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