Centenary of World War 1 Commemoration of Embarkation Dunedin - 11th Aug 2014 to 30th Sep 2014

Centenary of World War 1 Commemoration of Embarkation Dunedin Dunedin Events in September 2014

On 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany and three days later on 7 August New Zealand offered Britain an Expeditionary Force. All New Zealand Territorial Force soldiers in Otago then received an Urgent Notice to Mobilise dated 10 August 1914. They were “hereby called up for Active Service” and were to proceed to the Garrison Hall, Dowling Street, Dunedin on Thursday 13 August 1914 at 9.00am. They then spent the next six weeks in training at Tahuna Park and Forbury Park. On the evening of 22 September 1914 these soldiers travelled by train to Port Chalmers where they boarded a troop ship which departed for Wellington. The Otago and Southland contingent formed a convoy with the other New Zealand troop ships and in October departed for Europe.

To commemorate this important part of our history there will be a series of events to acknowledge and recognize the departure from Dunedin of so many young men and women who were soldiers and nurses.
These commemorative events will be held in Dunedin in September 2014.

Sunday 21 September 2014

Embarkation Commemoration Service

To begin our commemorations for the centenary of embarkation of the first troops from Otago and Southland to WW1 an Embarkation Commemoration Service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 21 September 2014 at 12 NOON.

Thursday 25 September 2014

The University of Otago Lunch Time Theatre

“The Private War of Corporal Cooper” By John R Broughton. Theatre Studies, Allen Hall Theatre at 1 pm.
This will be the third production of this popular play to be staged by Theatre Studies.

Friday 26 September 2014

The University of Otago Lunch Time Theatre

“The Private War of Corporal Cooper” By John R Broughton. Theatre Studies, Allen Hall Theatre at 1 pm.

Saturday 27 September 2014

Embarkation Centenary Commemoration Dinner

This formal occasion is hosted by the Otago Officers’ Club and is by invitation only.
The dinner is followed by a special concert, “The University Remembers”, a joint production by the University’s Music Department and Theatre Studies.

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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