NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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WW100 has put together some e-cards featuring images and postcards from 1916. Share a thought with your friends, family and colleagues.

Topics: Digital, online resources Audience: General

Personal stories told by family about the soldiers and nurses who served in the First World War, collected alongside performances of the play Sister Anzac.  

Topics: Hospital ships, nurses, Community contribution, Theatrical performances, Digital Audience: Teachers, historians, community, family historians, family Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Stark Theatre

A ticker tape at the bottom of the WW100 website displayed the names of New Zealand's Gallipoli fatalities on the centenary of their death during the campaign.

Topics: Digital, online resources, Gallipoli, Commemorations Audience: General, Descendants
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

The WW100 website displayed the names of all those who departed with the Main Body and 1st Reinforcements from Wellington on 16 October 1914 around the centenary of the event.

A selection of the names displayed in one of the features
Topics: Digital, online resources, Departure of troops Audience: historians, General, family historians, Descendants, Community Groups
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

In this very moving WW100 Perspectives video, Kate Hunter looks at what our First World War soldiers wanted to remember – and forget – in their connections between home and war.

Historian Kate Hunter
Topics: Digital, video, online resources, ww100 perspectives Audience: School students, historians, General
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

A programme of European films set against the events of the First World War.  Auckland War Memorial Museum. 8-12 October 2014. 

Topics: Film, Digital, Events Audience: local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A programme of four masterful European films set against the events of the First World War.  Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, 1-4 October 2014. Free.

Topics: Film, Digital, Events Audience: local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

100 schools will research the stories behind the people named on First World War memorials at or near their school and publish them online as Living Heritage sites.

Topics: Education, Community contribution, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Teachers, librarians, Students, Community Groups Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Events, activities and exhibitions will be happening right across the Christchurch City Libraries network throughout 2014 to 2018.

Bridge of Rememberance, Christchurch
Topics: Research, Publications, Digital Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

The personal album and autograph book of Sgt Charles Nelson who served as an infantryman in France and Belgium 1917 - 1918. Published with other information on a blog by his great grandson.

Topics: Personal projects, Websites, Digital, August 14 Audience: General, Descendants
Organised by: Brian Nelson

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 web-based project, commissioned by New Zealand Post, highlighting the vital role played by New Zealand’s postal system – the Internet of its time – during the First World War.

Members of the World War I Post & Telegraph Guard
Topics: Publications, Community contribution, Digital, History Audience: General, Organisational staff Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A series of essays and exhibitions on the role of New Zealand Police in the First World War will be available between August 2014 and November 2018.

A group of Wellington Police, 1914. New Zealand Police Museum Collection.
Topics: Digital, Events, Exhibitions, Conscientious objection, August 14 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Porirua

Creating mini video-documentaries featuring local people singing or reading pieces that recall the First World War, along with interpretive panels.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Digital, Film, Documentaries, Exhibitions Audience: local visitors, General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Kapiti Coast

Historical book on the Taumaru Military Convalescent Hospital to be published online.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Books, Digital, Publications Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

Digitisation of 'The Mataura Ensign' newspapers from 1915 to 1919.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Family history researchers, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Gore

Creating a digital community resource to preserve stories surrounding the impact of the First World War on the Buller district.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Digital, Online Cenotaph, Community contribution Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Westport
Organised by: Buller District Council

A collaborative project between Auckland Libraries and Communication students at Unitec, drawing on personal narratives and contemporary responses to bring to life events of this period. 

Topics: Digital, Events, Exhibitions, Education, Film Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

The Lake Taupo Genealogy group are undertaking a large research project tracing soldiers with links to the Taupo District who fought in the First World War, and telling their stories.

Topics: Online Cenotaph, Local history, Research, Digital Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Mangakino, New Zealand, Taupo, New Zealand, Turangi

An invitation to members of the Taupo District community to digitally share your memorabilia relating to the First World War, or tell the story of how the First World War impacted your family.

Topics: Digital, Local history, Lottery Grant Recipients, Community contribution, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Mangakino, New Zealand, Taupo, New Zealand, Turangi

Salute Wairoa creates a digital, multi-media, touch table record of First World War Wairoa stories, including rediscovered memories.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, RSA, Education Audience: local visitors, Students, Schools, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wairoa

A blog which focuses partly on the memoirs and books written by New Zealanders such as O E Burton, Robin Hyde, John A Lee and Archibald Baxter.

Topics: Personal projects, Conscientious objection, Digital Audience: secondary students, Tertiary students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Tim Leadbetter

In commemoration of the First World War Centenary, MOTAT is celebrating the stories of the pilots who trained at the New Zealand Flying School in Auckland between 1915-19 before serving overseas.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, aviation, Digital, Community contribution, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Students, Teachers, Genealogy, Pilots Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: MOTAT

Creating an education pack about the First World War for students years 7-10, focusing on the Canterbury region and Christchurch City Libraries resources. 

Topics: Education, Digital Audience: Teachers, Students, Schools, General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Creating a database in the form of an MS Excel spreadsheet of about 2000 entries (numerous with similar but not identical information). Most are newly identified writers of the documents.

Topics: Personal projects, Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Robert Cameron

Throughout the First World War Centenary, the University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services will add stories of its Collegians to a specially created website.

Topics: Digital, Online Cenotaph, August 14, Websites, Samoa Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An exhibition exploring an archive of printed souvenirs donated to the Dunedin Public Library after the First World War. July-September 2014.

Topics: Exhibitions, Digital, Events, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Dunedin Public Libraries

A collections-driven exhibition project that explores New Zealanders’ objects related to the First World War from both overseas and the home front.

Topics: Exhibitions, Community contribution, Websites, Digital Audience: museums, galleries, General

Developing a website and downloadable mobile application, and constructing a monument (unveiled April 2014) commemorating a First World War soldier from New Zealand.

An impression of the new statue
Topics: Heritage trails, Mobile, Overseas, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Tourists
Organised by: Messines Town Council

Digitising First World War related records and the creation of a commemorative DVD. These records include; photos of soldiers and armaments, letters, postcards, and stories of soldiers who served.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants, Students Located in: New Zealand, Bulls, New Zealand, Hunterville, New Zealand, Marton, New Zealand, Taihape

Uncovering the stories in an album of 300 postcards collected by Elsie just before and during the First World War. There are postcards from family, soldiers and pen-pals.

Topics: Personal stories, Digital, Research, History Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

The New Zealand War Graves Trust, in association with the Auckland War Memorial Museum are creating a photographic archive of the war graves of all New Zealanders from 1899 to the present day. 

Topics: War Graves, Memorials, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Publications Audience: General, Descendants, Families Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

The repatriation of film showing Kiwis at the European and home fronts held in overseas archives and the building of a shared Anzac website to showcase sounds and images of the War.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Film, Sound, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Digitisation of First World War personal and official photographs from the collections of the National Army Museum.

Diggers Hut at Gommecourt (NAM 1993.1031 (H883))
Topics: Digital, Photography, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Waiouru

A database of all Westland people who served during the First World War to support commemorations of Westland's role in the war, developed by Hokitika Museum.

Topics: Digital, Online Cenotaph, Community contribution Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Volunteers, historians, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Hokitika

Creating a website on the 'Fallen’ named on the Mt Hutt District Memorial Arch, Methven, and ‘The Survivors’ who returned to live in Methven area.

Methven memorial.
Topics: Research, Digital, Events, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Descendants, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Methven

A joint digitisation project between Auckland War Memorial Museum and Dunedin Public Libraries has led to a significant collection of New Zealand First World War troopship magazines online.

Topics: Research, Digital, Publications Audience: Researchers, Families, Teachers, Family history researchers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Ashburton

The Museum was funded to digitise First World War collection resources; provide a mobile service to capture archives within its district; and provide online access to the material.

Topics: Photography, Exhibitions, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events Audience: Family history researchers, Researchers, General Located in: New Zealand, Whakatane

Auckland Libraries has developed a research guide, which outlines the First World War resources available at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives.

Topics: Digital, Ressearch, Guides, Education, Conscientious objection Audience: Teachers, Students, General, Researchers, historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

Quick March was the official monthly publication of the New Zealand Returned Soldiers' Association between 1918 and 1923. Auckland Libraries are digitising it to make it available online.

Topics: Digital, History, RSA Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

Developing short publicly-accessible biographies of all South Cantabrians who served their country during the First World War, in order to record local stories and support commemorations.

Topics: Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Descendants, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Fairlie, New Zealand, Geraldine, New Zealand, Temuka, New Zealand, Timaru, New Zealand, Waimate

An online exhibition and timeline to commemorate the centenary using documents and images from the Auckland Council Archives collection, plus indexing of names from war memorials.

Topics: Local history, Memorials, Digital Audience: Researchers, Families, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

An online Research Guide that helps unlock the rich First World War content in the Alexander Turnbull Library - especially digital resources.

Topics: Research, Digital, Guides Audience: Students, Teachers, Researchers, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Maps locating cemeteries which include graves or memorials for members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died during the First World War.

Topics: Digital, War Graves, Publications Audience: Researchers, Tourists, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Venture Southland is seeking the public’s help in the very first step of gathering knowledge of the whereabouts of all war memorials in the Southland region.

Colac Bay war memorial, Southland
Topics: Websites, Research, Digital Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Gore, New Zealand, Invercargill
Organised by: Venture Southland

This project is dedicated to re-examining the 'slanguage' given voice in the First World War, e.g. in troop magazines, as brought home to New Zealand and carried forward 100 years later.

Topics: Research, Digital Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Stephen Olsen

An on-line project to commemorate Southland’s role in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915, and to honour the memory of all who served. Launched 4 July 2014.

Members of the 8th Southland Company, Otago Infantry Battalion
Topics: Websites, Lottery Grant Recipients, Digital, Research, Online Cenotaph Audience: Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Invercargill

Creating a database of the Rolls of Honour in the Ashburton District, and a digital archive of these rolls and memorials.

Topics: Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Located in: Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia

Digitising a wide selection of First World War letters and diaries held in the Manuscripts Collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Topics: Personal stories, diaries, letters, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Tertiary students, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The North Otago Museum is developing an online resource linking information on North Otago Memorial Oaks with the Cenotaph database and information from the Waitaki District Archives.

Topics: Memorials, Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph, Trees Audience: Teachers, Descendants, Family history researchers, General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: North Otago Museum

An evolving collection offering onscreen remembrance of New Zealand and the 'Great War': classic full-length documentaries, short films, dramas and archive newsreels.

Topics: Websites, History, Film, Digital, Documentaries Audience: General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: NZ On Screen

Creating a database of information on Mid-Canterbury (Ashburton and districts) soldiers - casualties and returned soldiers; forms available to add information on your local soldier.

Topics: Websites, History, Digital, Research, Online Cenotaph Audience: Family history researchers, historians, Researchers Located in: Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia
Organised by: Elisabeth (Liz) Quaid

Tauranga City Libraries are collecting the stories, photographs, letters and so on of locals connected with the First World War.

Topics: Digital, Local history, Personal stories, Heritage, Community contribution Audience: General Located in: Tauranga
Organised by: Tauranga City Libraries

History from the perspective of New Zealanders who experienced it. Daily tweets from diaries, letters, newspapers... shared 100 years later in 'real-time'. Join in!

Topics: History, Publications, Digital, Personal stories, Websites Audience: Students, Teachers, General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Short films telling personal stories about New Zealanders affected by Gallipoli and the First World War. Broadcasting on TV3 from 18 April 2016.

Topics: August 14, Film, Digital, History, Conscientious objection Audience: Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A website which allowed visitors to follow the historic 1913 cruise of the battleship HMS New Zealand online in "real-time". Decommissioned in 2014.

HMS New Zealand on the Waitemata Harbour. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1148.
Topics: Digital, History, Publications, Websites Audience: Families, General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Follow a personal journey to visit 100 New Zealand First World War memorials and tell some of the fallen's stories on a blog by August 2014.

Paeroa Memorial photographed by Helen Vail.
Topics: Personal projects, Websites, Research, Digital, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Helen Vail

The redeveloped Cenotaph database, Online Cenotaph, includes a page about every New Zealand soldier who served in the First World War.

Topics: Websites, Community contribution, Digital, Online Cenotaph, Legacy projects Audience: Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An online resource telling a modern and accessible story about the New Zealand Division's role at the Western Front.

Topics: New Zealand Division, Websites, Digital Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Descendants, Tourists, Organisations
Organised by: newzealanddivision.org

New Zealand’s most comprehensive online resource on New Zealand and the First World War. Redesigned in August 2014.

Topics: Websites, History, Digital, August 14 Audience: General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Auckland First World War Heritage Trail marks 56 sites of significance to the region's role in the First World War.

Topics: Heritage trails, Digital, Mobile Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

Share and explore stories about servicemen and women with Plimmerton (Wellington) connections who served in the First World War.

The Thomson Family June 1916
Topics: Personal stories, Digital, History, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General Located in: Plimmerton

Te Papa is seeking to identify 108 First World War soldiers in portraits by Wellington photographers Berry & Co. Exhibition opens 18 April 2014.

Portrait of a soldier (perhaps Bolton) and female companion, taken in around 1917 by Berry & Co. Image source: Te Papa.
Topics: NZEF, Photography, Events, Online Cenotaph, Digital Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington