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Peace Celebrations were held in 1919 following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
The government asked local authorities across NZ to take the lead in planning local celebrations and provided subsidies to support them.


(four images above) On the 1st of November, 1918, a telegram was sent by the government to the councils around NZ. It explained that the government of Turkey had asked for an armistice and the government decreed the rest of the day a holiday.

Reference: TDC 00008 : 3 : 1















Resolution of the Horowhenua County Council on receipt of the war news at their meeting of the 9th of November 1918.

“That this Council expresses its great satisfaction and deep sense of thankfulness to almighty God for the recent good news from the battle-fronts in that Bulgaria, Turkey and Austria have submitted to the Allied Powers and the Council further hopes that the time is not distant when a just and satisfactory peace will be brought about throughout the world.”

“This resolution was carried with some feeling as the Councillors rose and the National Anthem was sung.”

Reference: HDC 00023 : 8 Page 321


Gazette Notice proclaiming peace.

Reference: MDC 00002 : 19 : 2



Some restrictions were placed on the Peace Celebrations.

Reference: MDC 00014 : 2 : 24


The armistice officially came into force on the 11th of November 1918. The final treaties confirming peace were signed over the next four years:

  - Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 1919, (Germany)

  - Treaty of Saint-Germain, 10 September 1919, (Austria)

  - Treaty of Neuilly, 27 November 1919, (Bulgaria)

  - Treaty of Trianon, 4 June 1920, (Hungary)

  - Treaty of Lausanne, 24 July 1923, (Turkey)




Cover of Sourvenir Programme for the Marton Peace Celebrations.

Reference: RDC 00061 : 2







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