Author(s): Clarke Stephen
AVAILABLE FROM 30/9/16
"The story of an iconic institution - the RSA - from its beginnings during the First World War through to the twenty-first century. A highly illustrated look at a threatened icon of New Zealand culture u the RSA. The book will appeal to general readers interested in this readily identifiable but little-understood organisation. It tells of the trials and tribulations of returning soldiers wanting an organisation to represent them, and to make sure they received a fair deal as they settled back into domestic life after serving their country. The story is told not only in text but also through use of photographs and ephemera."
"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 currently Director of Business Development, Sponsorship and Media at the Auckland RSA."