NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Discover WW1

Ten New Zealand nurses drowned when the Marquette was torpedoed on 23 October 1915. Why were they and other medical personnel transported through submarine-infested waters on an ordinary ship rather than a hospital ship?

Did you know that one hundred years ago, on 13 October 1915, the Niue Contingent of 150 men left their island to travel to New Zealand and join the war effort?

Did you know that the First World War servicemen of the British Empire staged the first international rugby tournament in 1919?

Human History Educator Georgia Brockhurst shows how collection items from Auckland War Memorial Museum offer a unique insight into the everyday life of the soldier at Gallipoli.

Historian David Green analyses a recently discovered archival document which sheds new light on the question of how many New Zealanders served at Gallipoli.

The August Offensive was an ambitious plan to break the stalemate that had developed at Gallipoli following the landings in April 1915. Military historian Richard Stowers explains the strategy, and outlines the myriad of problems that plagued the Anzacs.

Did you know that after news of the casualty figures from Gallipoli arrived in New Zealand, the Maheno was converted from a trans-Tasman passenger liner to a hospital ship in less than a month?

Did you know that New Zealand troops began to return from overseas from as early as 1914 and that the last men didn’t return until 1921? Historian Imelda Bargas compares how these returning soldiers were welcomed home.

9 July 2015 marks the 30,000th Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate – a ritual which has come to symbolise not only a remembrance of those who died in the Great War, but also the ongoing connection between ­­Belgium and the former Allied nations.

Private Robert Steele's image from Gaba Tepe – published in the Auckland Weekly News on 24 June 1915 – gave the New Zealand public their first glimpse of the Gallipoli Campaign.

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