Anzac Day 2018

Sunday, 22 April

10:30am – 3:30pm Founders ANZAC Fair
A day of old-fashioned family activities to remember local history and ANZAC day. Displays of military vehicles and equipment, and a vintage carnival area – sideshows and acts such as circus skills including a magician and a fire-eater. This year Histrionics will be performing a living history enactment of the nine day railway sit down protest in 1955 when Ruth Page and supporters tried to save the line. Hour-long performances will take place from 11:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Family and friends are invited to attend services and lay a personal wreath or poppy. Lest We Forget.

6:00am Dawn Service, ANZAC Park (Trafalgar Centre, if wet)

8:00 – 8:15am Wreath laying at Wakapuaka Cemetary

8:30 – 8:40am Wreath laying at South African Boer War Memorial, Queens Gardens

9:00 – 9:15am Civic wreath laying at the WW1 Memorial on Piki Mai, Nelson Cathedral

10:00 – 10:20am Wreath laying at Marsden Valley Cemetery

11:00am Service at Stoke Memorial Hall

11:00 – 15:00pm ANZAC Day at Founders Park
Remembering Nelson’s nurses from WW1 – 60 women with ties to the Province of Nelson served as nurses in WW1. Many of them returned after the war and took up prominent roles in the region as they sought to put their normal lives back together. In this Suffrage 125th year it seems a fitting opportunity to acknowledge their service and their suffering. Their names will be marked on the Wall of Remembrance at Founders Heritage Park and some of their stories will be highlighted in display panels beside the wall.