This year, Tauranga marks the centenary of Peace Day (19 July 1919).
The Peace Day exhibition, featuring large-scale, historic photography, explores how Tauranga celebrated the end of the war. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on what peace means to us today.
On 19 July 1919, 100 years ago, peace celebrations were held throughout New Zealand. Tauranga celebrated on 19 July with what was described as the 'gayest day in the town's history' – Peace Day. Starting at 10am with the ringing of bells, a large procession made its way down Devonport Road via First Avenue and finished at the Town Hall in Willow Street. Following a moving ceremony and 'royal feast' games were played at the Tauranga Domain and all children under five received a free toy. Festivities continued after dark and at 7.30pm rockets signalled it was time to light the stack of tar barrels at the top of Mount Maunganui, sending a tongue of flame into the sky.
Opening hours: 10am - 3pm.
The exhibition is proudly brought to you by Tauranga City Council, Tauranga City Libraries and the Tauranga Heritage Collection.
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