Name/TitleWWI Armistice Celebrations
About this objectArmistice Celebrations WWI in Queen Street, Waimate, 12 November 1918. The ringing of the bells of the local Post Office announced the eagerly awaited news that Germany had signed the Armistice on the terms imposed by the Allies.
No sooner had the Post Office flag been hoisted than a crowd began to gather on the main street. Strings of flags and bunting were hoisted along shop fronts and atop office buildings. The Waimate Brass and Pipe Bands led a victory march and joined the gathering throngs of jubilant people. Waimate dignitaries including the Mayor Mr George Dash addressed the assembled crowd, Mr Dash reading the official message from Prime Minister Mr Massey. In light of the celebration businesses chose to make the day a holiday. Further official celebrations would follow in July 1919 when communities throughout New Zealand organised special Peace Day commemorations.
[Disclaimer: This information was created from historic documentation, and may not necessarily reflect the best available knowledge about the item. Some collection images are created for identification purposes only and may not be of reproduction quality. Some images are not available due to copyright restrictions. If you have information or questions about objects in the collection, please contact via email@example.com.
How to cite this page: 2002-1026-00132, URL: https://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/collections/3188/objects/385212/wwi-armistice-celebrations, updated 7 Nov, 2018]
Date Made12 November 1918
Subject and Association KeywordsWWI
Subject and Association KeywordsArmistice Day