The Homecoming from Gallipoli

'The_Homecoming_from_Gallipoli',_15_July_1915_by_Walter_Armiger_Bowring_(11456475685)The Homecoming from Gallipoli, 15 July 1915. by Walter Armiger Bowring (New Zealand). First World War.

This painting, titled The Homecoming from Gallipoli, 15 July 1915, is by New Zealand artist Walter Armiger Bowring (1874 – 1931). It depicts soldiers returning home from the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War.

2779 New Zealanders – one-sixth of those who fought – died in the campaign.



80 Years Ago: the Outbreak of War


Civilians gather outside 10 Downing Street in London on the 1st of September, 1939, following the news of the German invasion of Poland and the beginning of the Second World War.

Britain declared war on Germany two days later, as did Australia and New Zealand (then both part of the British Empire).

On this day: the first Women’s Cricket Test Series

Test_cricket_-_women_-_1935English womens cricket team in Australia and New Zealand in 1934–35

From 1934-35, the first women’s test series in cricket was played by England against Australia and then New Zealand.

The first test was played in Brisbane from the 28th to the 31st of December, 1934.

Myrtle_MaclaganA picture of cricketer Myrtle Maclagan on the England tour of Australia in 1934-35. Taken from the National Library of Australia. Canberra

Stars of the series included Myrtle Maclagan (above) and Betty Snowball (below).

Betty_SnowballA picture of cricketer Betty Snowball on the England tour of Australia in 1934-35. Taken from the National Library of Australia. Canberra.

The tour was documented in a series of photographs that are now in the collection of the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

England_womens_cricket_team_in_1934-35A picture of the England womens cricket team in 1934-35. Taken from the National Library of Australia. Canberra.

Official England tour portrait.

On this day: the Battle of Magdhaba

Australian_Lewis_gunner_MagdhabaAustralian War Memorial image P00812.011. An Australian soldier firing a Lewis Gun during the Battle of Magdhaba 23rd December 1916 First World War One

An Australian soldier firing a Lewis Gun during the battle.

The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Battle of Magdhaba, officially known in Britain as the Affair of Magdhaba, was a First World War battle fought between the British and Ottoman Empires on the 23rd of December, 1916.

9th_Light_Horse_Regiment_MagdhabaThe advance of the Australian 9th Light Horse Regiment (3rd Light Horse Brigade) at Battle of Magdhaba, 23 December 1916. First World War One

The advance of the Australian 9th Light Horse Regiment.

British Empire forces, consisting of British, Australian, Indian and New Zealand soldiers, defeated the Turks on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in a day of fierce fighting.

Sixty Years Ago: British Ballet in Australia

10th September 1958: New Zealand-born ballerina Rowena Jackson stars in a (British) Royal Ballet performance of Swan Lake at the Empire Theatre in Sydney, Australia.

On this day: the First Battle of Maryang San


Australian soldiers participating in the battle. X

Primarily fought by British and Australian troops against Chinese forces, the First Battle of Maryang San began in Korea on the 3rd of October, 1951. It is considered to be one of Australia’s greatest achievements in the Korean War.


Australian troops lead captured Chinese soldiers away. X

The victorious United Nations forces also included soldiers from Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

The battle concluded on the 8th of October.

On this day: the first British Empire Games

The British Empire Games – a sporting event similar to the Olympics – began for the first time on the 16th of August, 1930.

British_Empire_Games_programme_Philip_BarkerBritish Empire Games programme Philip Barker

Official programme. X

The Games took place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Eleven countries of the British Empire competed.

New Zealand at the opening of the first British Empire Games, Ontario, 1930.

New Zealand enters the stadium. X

There had been one similar event previously, in 1911, when it was called the Inter-Empire Championships.

Today the event is known as the Commonwealth Games. At the last Games seventy-one countries competed.

On this day: the death of Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard, photographed in 1905.

In 1905

Kate Sheppard, New Zealand’s most famous suffragette, died on the 13th of July, 1934.

Born to Scottish parents in England in 1847, Sheppard moved to New Zealand in 1869.

She became a significant figure both in gaining women the vote, and then in getting women to the polls for the first time in 1893.

NZ_Dollar_TenNew Zealand ten-dollar note Kate Sheppard

New Zealand was a leading nation in women’s suffrage, and Sheppard’s efforts gained her a place on the country’s $10 note.