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  • Published: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143574057
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $42.99

After the War

The RSA in New Zealand


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This book tells the RSA story, of its service in the community and place in New Zealand society for 100 years, and how it is changing to go on into the future.

Kiwi soldiers fought for us in two world wars and other conflicts since. They put up with constant danger, discomfort, boredom, fear and pain. But what happened to them when they returned home? Who made sure they got a fair deal? The RSA!

This is the story of an iconic by little-understood institution, from its beginnings during World War One right through to the twenty-first century.

Wounded soldiers returning from the Gallipoli campaign saw a need to welcome and provide care for returning soldiers, as well as to honour those who would never return. And so the RSA was formed in 1916. Welcome, support and remembrance have always been at its heart.

This book tells the RSA story, of its service in the community and place in New Zealand society for 100 years, and how it is changing to go on into the future.

  • Pub date: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143574057
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $42.99

About the Author

Stephen Clarke

Dr Stephen Clarke is a history graduate of the University of Otago and the University of New South Wales. His long-time interest has been the social and cultural impact of war on New Zealand society with expertise in the observance of Anzac Day. After two years as Historian with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Dr Clarke joined the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association in 2001 to work on national projects and later public relations. As Chief Executive he led the strategic transformation and rebrand of the RSA between 2008 and 2013. This was followed by a year at the Royal British Legion in London, where as the first Head of Remembrance he oversaw the start of the First World War Centenary programme. He is an independent historian and founding director of Making History Ltd.


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