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Fri 29 Sep 2017, 9:30am–5:00pm
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 9:30am–5:00pm

Where: Tauranga Library - Te Ao Mārama ki Te Papa, 91 Willow St, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free


When Charles Southey’s daughter asked her father why he was awarded his military medal for bravery at Passchendaele, he modestly replied that he ‘wrote a good report’. Only years later did she learn the extent of his bravery.

Come along to Tauranga City central library and learn about this remarkable man. ‘For Bravery in the Field’ explores the experiences of 2nd Lieutenant Southey, who returned to Tauranga after the war. He went on to make a significant contribution to his home town, including becoming headmaster of Tauranga District High School in 1942.

The First World War (1914–1918) was one of the most significant events of the 20th century and had a deep and lingering impact on New Zealand society. Ten percent of our population of one million served overseas, of which more than 18,000 died and over 40,000 were wounded. Nearly every New Zealand family was affected.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, July – November 2017, and commemorates New Zealand’s darkest day, 12 October 1917. Approximately 900 New Zealanders died on this single day and is New Zealand’s greatest loss of men for any battle in any war.

The events held in Tauranga between 25 September and 14 October will commemorate the WW1 Battle of Passchendaele and remember those whose lives were changed forever because of their involvement.

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