Two nations came of age

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Narrogin veteran Neill Dorset spent nearly 13 years in New Zealand’s navy.
Camera IconNarrogin veteran Neill Dorset spent nearly 13 years in New Zealand’s navy. Credit: Michael Traill.

The landing at Gallipoli 104 years ago today forged an unbreakable bond between New Zealand and Australia according to Narrogin veteran Neill Dorset.

Spending nearly 13 years in New Zealand’s Navy, Mr Dorset said the relationship between the two countries had been amplified through the generations of his military family.

“I can remember Dad talking about it, even in the Second World War the relationship between Australians and New Zealanders has always been there, you might as well say we’re family,” he said.

“That relationship will never break.”

When Australian and New Zealand service men landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, the two nations emerged from the shadow of the UK, Mr Dorset said.

“I think that was the making of both countries,” he said.

“That was when we really broke away from the apron strings of Britain.

“Up until then we were literally tied to Britain’s strings.”

Mr Dorset said like his adopted nation, country areas of his homeland felt the impact and void left by departing servicemen in WWI.

“In New Zealand, in the country areas, the locals turned out more (service men) per ratio than the cities,” he said.

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