Ngāpuhi nursing sisters, Whāngārei, 1901
Although neither Māori nor women served in the New Zealand armed forces in the South African War, they shared in the new soldierly identification. These Ngāpuhi nurses are dressed up in uniforms to collect funds for the war.
"With Sturdy Stride They March Away" - the March over the Rimutaka Ranges
"With sturdy stride they march away To the roll of the kettle-drums brave, To cheery trumpets blare and play And the starry banners wave. They need no spurs to urge them on; Their hearts are beating fast, And tear-bright eyes have smiled and shone As rank on rank swept past. From columns deep of marching feet The dust-clouds scatter and blow, And boom-boom-boom! the big drums beat To let the nations know..." From a song written by Will Lawson (1876-1957). The Fifteenth Reinforcement marching…