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8:09 Today in New Zealand History

Sir James Fergusson takes office as governor, June 14 1873. 3'40"

8:13 Artist: Nancy Harrie and Lord Sly

Song: Black and White Rag

Composer: Botsford

Album: Kiwi Nostalgia

Label: Platinum 390366 2'50"

8:17 Milo - in the old days

While the formula for the drink Milo may be in the news today if we go back more than sixty years we find that Milo was sponsoring some light-hearted radio - the "Chuckles with Jerry", Jerry being a ventriloquist's dummy introduced by Dudley Wrathall - and preceeded by an unusual commercial. 14'37"

8:33 Sir Peter Williams QC died last week and his funeral was held yesterday

He was born in 1934 and became a prominent defence lawyer. He went to Feilding High School. And Auckland University. He appeared in over a hundred murder trials and advocated the humane treatment of prisoners, leading the Auckland branch of the Howard League for Penal Reform. In a19995 "Directions" programme he talked Neville Glasgow about his beliefs. 10'39"

8:44 Artist: Mary Feeney

Song: Teenage Prayer

Composer: Sweet

Album: Kiwi Nostalgia

Label: Platinum 390366 2'54"

Hit in 1955

8:48 Ripping Yarns from the Peninsula

Curator Windsor Jones of the National Army Museum at Waiouru talks to Rob Webb about some of the stories told in the museum's World War One exhibition. 4'49"

There's a striking bill board on the main highway just south of Waiouru.

What's the focus on the dirplays

8:53 War Report 40 June 14 2015

During June 1915 New Zealanders would have one of their worst months of the early part of the war with over 400 men killed in action and more than 600 wounded - August and September would bring similar figures.

Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone commanded the Wellington Battalion at Gallipoli. In the weeks after the landing, he helped consolidate and secure vulnerable parts of the Anzac perimeter. At Quinn's Post, where a small advance by the Turks would have threatened the entire front, Malone established an almost impregnable defensive position.

It was still remembered almost 30 years later when Admiral of the Fleet Lord Roger Keyes told an Auckland audience of his time at Gallipoli

"I watched the first landing and I was on the beach at Anzac that last evening when our troops came away. And I spent many interesting hours in those wonderful places right up against the Turkish lines. I remember one place called Quinn's Post, only about 20 yards from the Turkish lines, and I was taken by a New Zealander right under the Turkish lines, where they were going to blow a mine a little later. We could hear the Turks talking. Those friendships in war always endure, I think.".

Colonel John Hughes recalled that on the 3rd June he took over command of the regiment in place of Charlie Brown, a Brigadier-General, who was hit by a bomb and later died in France. Colonel Hughes was the 4th commanding officer since the landing. The General told him he must do something to encourage the enemy to waste ammunition. He talked with his adjutant, Captain Critchley-Salmonsen and they arranged for flares and bugles and cheering the following night. Nothing worked until the men gave a British cheer, which had an amazing result. The cheer was taken up by troops all along the peninsula, including the Australians at Lone Pine. They all cheered because they heard cheering which they thought could only mean good news. This provoked the whole Turkish Army to go mad and they blazed away for half an hour, giving away many unknown gun positions. The men at Quinn's Post were hugely delighted and were congratulated next day by several commanders and were mentioned in general orders. He concludes by saying that there was not much fun on Gallipoli and this was one of the few jokes they had.


Artist: John McCormack

Song: There's a Long Long Trail A Winding

Composer: King/Elliott

Album: Oh, It's a Lovely War Vol 2

Label: CD41 486309

Artist: Frederick Wheeler

Song: There We Are Again

Composer: N/S

Album: Songs of World War 1

Label: Goentertainment 557331 6'14"

9:06 As I Remember

Flying in the Fifties by Rodger Mills. Read by David Knowles. 4'13"

9:12 Artist: Tex Morton

Song: Peg Leg Jack

Composer: n/s

Album: Kiwi Nostalgia

Label: Platinum 390366 3'07"

9:16 Herb Pryde's memories of being a milk delivery boy in the 1940s in Dunedin

9:17 Barbara Basham's story

Barbara Basham, who died in 2002, was the daughter of Aunt Daisy, one of the country's most famous broadcasters. Barbara herself became a well-known radio broadcaster. She served overseas in the army during World War Two and in conversation with Ken Funnel in 1984 she tells something of her post-war career. And we hear an extract from an interview she recorded with Dame Elizabeth Gilmer, a daughter of Prime Minister Richard John Seddon.

Artist: Harry McDonough

Song: Goodbye Dolly Grey

Composer: Cobb/Barnes

Album: Oh, It's A Lovely War Vol 2

Label: N/s 22'59

9:40 The Hun Question

How did New Zealand treat enemy aliens during World War One.

Historian Andrew Francis, author of 'To Be Truly British We Must Be Anti-German': New Zealand, Enemy Aliens and the Great War Experience, 1914-1919 discusses our treatment of the Germans in New Zealand.

How many people of German descent in New Zealand in 1914? 17'16"