Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Anderton address at Malone Wartime Papers launch

Hon Jim Anderton Progressive leader

5.45 PM Monday, National Library, Wellington


http://www.progressiveparty.org.nz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid= 2015

This year, as every year, a large crowd gathered at ANZAC Cove to remember what was done there by New Zealanders and Australians.

The crowds are specially large for the major anniversaries.

In this year's service, there was stillness and not a few tears as the crowd was read a short letter written by Colonel Malone to his wife:

My Sweetheart

In less than two hours we move off to a valley, where we will be up all night and tomorrow in readiness for a big attack which will start from tomorrow night.

Everything promises well and victory should rest with us.

God grant it so and that our casualties will not be too heavy.

I expect to go through all right but my dear wife if anything untoward happens to me there are our dear children to be brought up.

You know how I love and have loved you, and we have had many years of great happiness together. If at anytime in the past I seemed absorbed in "affairs", it was that I might make proper provision for you and the children. That was due from me.

It is true perhaps that I overdid it somewhat. I believe now that I did, but did not see it at the time. I regret very much now that it was so and that I lost more happiness than I need have done.

You must forgive me; forgive also anything unkindly or hard that I may have said or done in the past.

I have made a will and it is in the office in Stratford. I think it was justly drawn. Anyway I intended it so to be.

I hope and think that the provision for you and the children will keep you and them in ease and comfort. I know you will never forget or let the dear children do so.

I am prepared for death and hope that God will have forgiven me all my sins.

My desire for life - so that I may see and be with you again - could not be greater but I have only done what every man was bound to do in our country's need.

It has been a great consolation to me that you approved my action; the sacrifice was really yours. May you be consoled and rewarded by our dear Lord.

Your loving husband

Wm G Malone

This letter expresses the dignity, simplicity and immense courage of Col. William Malone.

There, for all to see, is his toughness, his compassion, his duty and his love.

We can sense the deep and complex emotions he is feeling and the gruff attempts he had made to stifle them.

Here was a man contemplating his mortality.

And in doing so he found that the one thing that really mattered to him was his love for his family and concern for them.

The letter was dated 5 August, 1915.

Within 2 days Malone was on top of Chunuk Bair.

He must have looked down from there at the gleaming waters of the Dardenelles, the military prize the Gallipoli campaign sought.

And then within hours he was dead.

Every year now, thousands of New Zealanders make the pilgrimage to Chunuk Bair.

We stand on that same hilltop and contemplate the soldiers who died there, and on their way up to there.

We go there to honour them.

We think of the sons and brothers, fathers and husbands who were there.

We see them as New Zealanders.

And we feel the long, tight braid connecting us to them.

As the letter from Colonel Malone shows, the papers of the time bring alive to us that moment in the savage cradle of New Zealand's national identity.

Colonel Malone was a New Zealand hero.

Today, ninety years too late, we are finally recognising his heroism with a plaque at parliament.

We need our heroes.

Colonel Malone was one of New Zealand's.

I am very proud that his name is growing in stature with the passing years.

The publication of his papers will ensure his memory and the memory of the New Zealanders who served with him will continue to shape our nation's history.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news