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.



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 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.

On this day…

King George V presents a trophy to the captain of the New Zealand Services Rugby Team in London on the 16th of April, 1919.

Rugby saw a revival in 1919, as during the First World War few international rugby matches were played. However, from 1914-18 the sport was continued by men in military service.


King_George_V_presents_a_cup_to_the_captain_of_the_winning_New_Zealand_Services_Rugby_Team,_LondonKing George V presents a cup to the captain of the winning New Zealand Services Rugby Team, London. 16 April 1919.

On this day: ChristChurch Cathedral and the Earthquake

ChristChurch Cathedral, Christchurch New Zealand. 1900.

ChristChurch Cathedral in 1900

On the 22nd of February, 2011 Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island, was hit by a major earthquake. 185 people were killed and much of the city’s centre was severely damaged or destroyed.

Included in the damage was ChristChurch Cathedral.

Sir George Gilbert Scott

Sir George Gilbert Scott

The cathedral was built between 1864 and 1904, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, a world-renowned English Gothic revival architect.

The Canterbury region the city of Christchurch is in has been hit by many earthquakes over the years, and the cathedral had also been damaged in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922, and only five and a half months earlier, in 2010.

In 2011, however, the damage was severe, bringing down the spire and half of the tower, collapsing part of the roof, and causing other structural damage.

800px-ChristChurch_Cathedral_(02),_July_2012Helicopter flight over Christchurch, July 2012.

July 2012

ChristChurch Cathedral Christchurch New Zealand Post-Earthquake

Via Google Street View

Since February 2011, the church has largely been in favour of pulling the remains of the building down, while others in the community have fought a long – sometimes legal – battle to preserve the city’s most iconic structure.

On this day: the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake

Hastings_Post_Office_1931Hastings, New Zealand post office damaged by the earthquake of 1931.

Damage at the post office in Hastings

Also known as the Napier earthquake, the Hawke’s Bay earthquake lasted for two and a half minutes on the morning of the 3rd of February, 1931. It remains New Zealand’s deadliest natural disaster.

256 people were killed: 161 in Napier, 93 in Hastings and two in Wairoa. Thousands were injured.

Hawkes_Bay_Tribune_1931Hawkes Bay Tribune building in Hastings, New Zealand, damaged by the earthquake of 1931.

Damage to the Hawkes Bay Tribune building

The death toll would likely had been higher if the Royal Navy’s HMS Veronica had not been in port at the time and able to radio for help.

In the following two weeks there were 525 aftershocks.