Centenary of World War 1 Commemoration of Embarkation Dunedin September 2014

Centenary of World War 1 Commemoration of Embarkation Dunedin September 2014

Sunday 28 September 2014

Memorial Run.

At 9.30 am there will be a Memorial Run from Tahuna Park where the troops camped and trained to the Oval. Schools, sports clubs, any community organisation, workplace teams, corporate groups, the University and Polytechnics from throughout Otago and Southland are all welcome to participate in this Memorial Run. Participating groups are encouraged to wear their school colours, their sporting strips or uniforms and to run as a group. Behind the runners will be the cyclists. Participants may chose to ride their bike instead of running. This is to commemorate the New Zealand Cyclist Corps which was established in 1916.

Memorial Parade

At 11 am a parade will depart from the oval to the Railway Station via the Octagon and down Lower Stuart Street. The parade will be lead by a brass bands followed by a Defence Force Contingent. The parade will include horse drawn and vintage vehicles of the time, marchers in historical period dress, pipe bands, veterans, descendants of service personnel and the general public who wish to participate.

Railway Station Reception

When the parade arrives at the Railway Station there will be a formal reception reminiscent of the farewells that took place there for the various contingents that subsequently departed for overseas.

Edwardian Market

A market will be located in the area between Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and the glassed in train. This will be an Edwardian market with a focus on antiques, collectibles and arts and crafts with a WWI or Edwardian period theme. There will also be a variety of food stalls included in the market.


Period entertainment will be staged on the reception area in front of the Railway Station. There will also be street entertainment on the precinct between the Railway Station and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum which will include a puppet theatre, a magician, musicians and street theatre.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

The museum will feature a series of activities centred around the WW100 Exhibition to include public presentations by leading historians.

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