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Date: 1914-1918
Overall: 250 x 340 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Ink, lithograph on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00018496

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    'Good Old New Zealand' was composed as a patriotic piece during New Zealand's involvement in World War I. It features a photo-lithographic print of the naval vessel HMS NEW ZEALAND from its portside. A photograph of the singer Nellie Kolle is also printed on the top left hand side. This song was dedicated to all New Zealanders, with a percentage of the sales going towards the War Relief Fund. It was sung by Nellie Kolle with great success.
    SignificanceThis sheet music is typical of patriotic songs produced during World War I to generate national pride and support for the war effort. The lyrics highlight New Zealand's alleigience and support for Great Britain.
    HistoryDuring World War I many patriotic songs were written to celebrate a country's landscape, character and military personnel. The composer of 'Good old New Zealand', Louis Benzoni also wrote a similar work focused on Australian patriotism during the conflict.

    HMS NEW ZEALAND was given as a gift by the Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Ward to the Royal Navy in 1909, during a time of growing political crisis in Europe. The battle-cruiser was built by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Govan on the River Clyde, Scotland. During World War I, HMS NEW ZEALAND was involved in the action at Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland.

    The song's chorus reads as follows:

    Good old New Zealand,
    Neath skies so blue,
    Just tell old England
    We'll see her through;
    Tho foes oppress you
    On every hand,
    England, we'll help you,
    Our dear home land.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Good Old NEW ZEALAND

    Primary title: Good old NEW ZEALAND

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    Publisher: G H Wood

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