So it’s my pleasure and privilege tonight to launch two new books that bring that past and its people back to us in vivid detail – Odyssey of the Unknown ANZAC, and Gallipoli to the Somme. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, perhaps, because without books like these, we’ll forget the epic feats demanded of ordinary New Zealanders, often very young men very far from home. Without books like these, we may forget who we were and what we did, and not understand who we’ve become.
We’re lucky this ANZAC Day to access such rich histories. I thank Auckland University Press for publishing these two books, and the writers here tonight for making these men visible again, the men who witnessed the traumas of the Great War and managed to survive