Resources - ANZAC Day / Rememberance Day

The Gore Memorial RSA welcomes school visits to explore the experience of returned servicemen and women.

An introduction to our local WW1 ANZAC heritage can be found in the pages of in class resource Project Turangawaewae - Where We Live which includes the stories of one of the first New Zealander's landing at ANZAC Cove, Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Bowler, James Hargest who rose to the rank of Brigadier and WW1 flying ace, Ronald Bannerman.  More details of Bannerman's victories can be found here.  Also explore Mataura serviceman, Andrew (Andy) Richmond's story.  He returned from WW1 after suffering a horrific injury.

The tragedies of WW2 reached Gore's Main Street in an expected way when a plane crashed on 11 June 1942.  Learn more about the event here and read the original, censored article of the brief facts from the Mataura Ensign.

Memorials are a significant as a place where family and friends at first grieved and where we today remember those who never came home, their bodies forever lost to foreign soil.  Explore the variety of local memorials here.  Learn more about those who served on the Cenotaph database.

For a national perspective, explore the NZHistory website for further specific ANZAC Day context and also for a broader view of New Zealand and war.

NZ on Screen is a virtual treasure trove of information. They have even curated a selection of ANZAC related movies for you to browse.