Military Parade, Akaroa, 9 January 1919

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Military Parade, Akaroa, 9 January 1919.

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View of the military parade organised to welcome the French Mission to New Zealand on their visit to Akaroa  9-10 January 1919 as it enters Akaroa township.    This was the only military parade for the  mission during their three week visit and was mounted because of Akaroa's early French settlement.

The photo shows a brass band, local returned soldiers, Red Cross and Lady Liverpool workers with the rest of the parade stretching into the distance.   Local school children were dressed as the French flag and sang the Marsellaise in French and  local Maori also sang the Marsellaise and provided a poi demonstration.  The mission was welcomed enthusiastically and made several stops along the route from Christchurch to Akaroa.    Source: Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 10 January 1919.

From the Shuttleworth collection

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