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Record: WW1: COUNCILS DO THEIR BIT - Raising Funds For Our Boys



                         Raising Funds For Our Boys 

Councils were heavily involved in fund raising efforts during the war. In some cases, they did this directly by
co-ordinating funds or parcels for the soldiers. In others cases they provided administrative support to local Patriotic Societies and similar groups who carried out this work. In many communities the people working in the Societies were the same people serving on the local council. 



Patriotic Societies also supported soliders once they returned home. For some injured soldiers that support would continue for decades afterwards.

Reference: TDC 00223 : 2







One form of fund raising were “art unions” (essentially a raffle). Not everyone in the community was keen on these though.

Reference: MDC 00002 : 19 : 6


Here the Wanganui County suggests a change to the law and allow councils to donate 5% of their funds to provide food for the home country. The Government was already making wider provisions though, so this proposal did not go ahead.

Reference: MDC 00009 : 19 : 9


The Mount Herbert County Council was concerned that people weren’t always doing their bit. They suggested empowering councils to levy a special patriotic rate over their communities. It found little support amongst the councils in our region.

Reference: TDC 00008 : 2 : 8



Members of the community were keen to do their bit and provided cash directly to the patriotic funds. This cash could be straight out of their own pocket, or through fundraising events. The proceeds in this example are from the sale of the “Patriotic Pig Gaby”.Reference: TDC 00021 : 45 : 12





















These are just some of the Patriotic Societies established in the region:

Akitio War Relief Association

Apiti Patriotic Society

Ashhurst Patriotic Committee

Bulls, Sanson, Carnarvon, Ohakea and

Lower Rangitikei War Relief Association

Bunnythorpe Patriotic Society

Dannevirke Patriotic Society

Feilding and District Patriotic Society

Foxton Patriotic Committee

Horowhenua County Patriotic Association

Hunterville Patriotic Society

Levin and District Patriotic Society

Manakau Patriotic Society

Manawatu Patriotic Society

Mangaweka District Patriotic Society

Marton Patriotic Society

Manunui Patriotic Committee

Ohakune Patriotic Society

Ohingaiti Patriotic Society

Ormondville Patriotic Committee

Pahiatua War Relief Association

Rangitikei Patriotic Society

Shannon Patriotic Society

Taihape and District Patriotic Society

Turakina Patriotic Society

Woodville Patriotic Committee








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