NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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An Awfully Big Adventure transports audiences to the First World War to interrogate the impact it had on New Zealanders. Theatre Royal, Nelson, 17 October 2017, 6pm.

Topics: Theatre Audience: General, general audiences, Families, children Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
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Nelson RSA have established a First World War Memorial at Marsden Valley Cemetery, Nelson.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson RSA

Round up the troops for a day full of family entertainment at Founders Anzac Fair. Held at Nelson's Founders Heritage Park, on 23 April 2017.

Topics: Family Entertainment, Events, Families, Anzac Day 2017 Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Founders Heritage Park

An installation artwork as a memorial to the New Zealand soldiers killed during the Gallipoli campaign, showing at Nelson's Refinery Art Gallery in November 2016.

Topics: Memorial Exhibition, Exhibitions, Events, Gallipoli Audience: General Located in: Nelson
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A remembrance service at Nelson's Founders Heritage Park on the centenary of New Zealand's entry into the Battle of the Somme, 15 September 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Somme, Events, remembrance Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Founders Heritage Park

Women of Empire 1914-1918 draws on the personal experiences of New Zealand women during the First World War. Join an exhibition floor talk at The Nelson Provincial Museum on 1 February 2016.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Women in wartime, women, Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, historians, Women, Students Located in: New Zealand, Nelson

The Nelson Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists has indexed the names of people cited in the Nelson Anglican archives who were associated with First World War activities.

Topics: online resources, Local history, Soldiers, Genealogy Audience: Genealogists, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Branch NZSG, The Prow

An 80-strong choir with full orchestra performs Karl Jenkins' anti-war piece, The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace at Nelson College on 26 October 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Events, Concert, choir, choral Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, Peace Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Civic Choir

This exhibition at the Nelson Provincial Museum captures the very personal response to the life and death of John Robert Dunn at Gallipoli. Exhibition runs from 1 May - 23 August 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, family histories, Gallipoli Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson

Nelson City Brass warmly invites you to celebrate and commemorate the spirit of Anzac through music at Theatre Royal Nelson on 25 April 2015.

Topics: Music, Classical Music, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Concert Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson City Brass

Launch of the book 'Tales of Three Campaigns', originally written after the First World War by Col. Cyprian Bridge Brereton. The launch will take place at Nelson College on 8 April 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Publications, Events, Books Audience: historians, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Provincial Museum

This temporary exhibition at Broadgreen House, Nelson, looks at the effects of the First World War on the Langbein family, who occupied the house at the time. Runs from 4-26 April 2015.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, Homefront, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Broadgreen House

Visit the Nelson libraries between 20 April - 31 May 2015 for a range of First World War commemorative displays, talks & events.

Topics: Education, Events, displays, Public Talks & Tours, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Public Libraries

Enjoy a lively and entertaining evening evoking the famous Hard Up First World War fundraising dances of 1914 Nelson. Held at Fairfield House, 11 April 2015.

Topics: Socials, Singles, Balls, Events, dance, Concert Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Fairfield House

This Nelson Provincial Museum exhibition presents stories of those from around Nelson who were involved in or affected by the Gallipoli campaign. From 25 April 2015 - 24 April 2016.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, Gallipoli, Local history Audience: General, local visitors, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Nelson

A weekend of commemoration, reflection, education and family fun to mark the centennial of the Gallipoli landings. Around Nelson between 25 and 27 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Events, Commemorative events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson City Council

Summon the Heroes is the theme of NZ National Youth Brass Band's 2015 Tour around the South Island in January 2015, marking the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

Topics: Music, Concert, Events Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim, New Zealand, Nelson, New Zealand, Westport
Organised by: NZ National Brass Band

Mark the centennial of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 by attending this special commemoration dawn service at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Commemorations, Anzac Day 2015, Events Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson City Council

The Nelson College Scriptorium will be open from 9am-4pm on 25 April 2015, and a college old boy will assist anyone seeking information on any former pupil who served in the First World War.

Topics: Museums, Archives, Research, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: historians, family historians, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson College

A special centennial Anzac service with representatives from the armed and community uniformed services and cadet units at Nelson Christ Church Cathedral, Sunday 26 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Services, Events, Commemorative events, Anzac Day 2015 Located in: New Zealand, Nelson

Nelson's wartime community spirit is rediscovered at Founders Heritage Park's 1915 Harvest Festival on Monday 27 April 2015.

Topics: Family Entertainment, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Markets and Fairs, Home front Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Founders Heritage Park

A commemoration of the lives and activities of soldiers and others who came from Stoke and who took part in the First World War. Ongoing from 12 October 2014 at Nelson's Isel House.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events Audience: General, Families, local visitors, historians Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Isel House

Sisters in Arms is a rollercoaster through vitality and colour, tenderness and grief, drawn from the writers’ own great-grandmothers' experience. In Nelson, 18 - 19 October 2014.

Topics: Theatre, Music, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Ake Ake Theatre Company

Nelson Musical Theatre presents a new production of Oh What a Lovely War! at Nelson's Theatre Royal from 11 -  22 November.

Topics: Musicals, Events, Performing Arts, Theatrical performances, Comedy Audience: Artists, Families, General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Theatre Royal Nelson

Women of Empire 1914-1918 takes us into the lives of around 30 Anzac women whose lives were transformed by their experiences in the First World War. Exhibiting in Australia & New Zealand.

Women of Empire
Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Women in wartime, Overseas Audience: Families, General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, Australia, Nelson, New Zealand, Australia, Porirua, New Zealand, Australia, Thames, New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

A sculptural work in memorial to the grievous losses of the First World War and a reflection on the idea of 'victory' in war. Now exhibiting in Europe.

Topics: Fine Art, Overseas activities, Overseas events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Messines Audience: local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, France, Belgium, Dunedin, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Gisborne, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Nelson
Organised by: Helen Pollock

A  web page featuring First World War stories from the Top of the South, contributed by the community and commissioned by the Prow. New stories will be added through the commemoration.

Topics: Research, Websites, Digital, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: The Prow

A display from the Nelson Provincial Museum showing photographs and images of collection objects related to the involvement of regional men and women who served in the First World War.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Touring exhibitions Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Provincial Museum

Capital E National Theatre for Children's An Awfully Big Adventure explores the First World War in context and its impact on New Zealanders. Accessible to students aged 8+, touring in 2014.

Topics: Education, Events, Performing Arts, Theatre, August 14 Audience: Students, School students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton, New Zealand, Invercargill, New Zealand, Manukau, New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, Nelson, New Zealand, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Palmerston North

A genealogical study looking at those Chaplains who served in the First World War and who had links to the Nelson area.

Topics: Research, Religion Located in: New Zealand, Nelson