A CULTURAL exchange of sorts brought a Queensland couple to North Otago yesterday.
According to the Otago Daily Times, David and Desley Moss, of South Kolan, about 30km inland from Bundaberg, live near the final resting place of the SS Maheno, the former New Zealand Naval Forces World War 1 hospital ship that once brought casualties out of Gallipoli.
Yesterday, Mr Moss spoke to a crowd of about 120 at the Maheno war memorial about the similarities of Anzac commemorations in Australia and New Zealand.
This year's Maheno Anzac service master of ceremonies Colin Ewing had travelled to see the wreck of the Maheno on Fraser Island at last year's Anzac Day and Mr Moss said this year it was his turn to cross the Ditch to attend an Anzac service.
The day took on a different meaning in rural areas - small towns cared more, he said.