NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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A play that brings to life the diary of Dunedin man, Gunner Leonard Frank Broad, and his experiences during the First World War. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 28-29 October 2017.

Topics: Theatre, performance Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Toitū curator Seán Brosnahan is set to present a fascinating talk on the experience of the Otagos at Passchendaele. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 7 Oct 2017, 2pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Battlefield guide Charlotte Descamps is set to present an interesting talk on the ongoing effect of the First World War on Flanders. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 14 Oct 2017, 2pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

A Field of Remembrance will be installed around the Dunedin Cenotaph to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele from 1 October to 11 November 2017.

Topics: Passchendaele, Fields of Remembrance Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
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Freddy Declerck, expert on Passchendaele, will talk about the five battles in Flanders including the toll of the First World War at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 23 September 2017, 2pm.

Topics: Passchendaele, Public Talks & Tours, History Audience: general audiences, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Seán Brosnahan, from Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, will speak about the Otago unit's role in the Battle of Messines. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 13 June 2017 at 10am. 

Topics: Messines, Otago, Public Talks & Tours Audience: general audiences, otago Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

An opera exploring the story of Archibald Baxter and thirteen other conscientious objectors who were forcibly sent to the Western Front. Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin, 22–29 July 2017.

Topics: Opera, Concientious objectors, Performing Arts Audience: general audiences, otago Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Mayfair Theatre

The Armistice Stamp Show 2018 is a full National Stamp and Postcard Exhibition, sanctioned by the New Zealand Philatelic Federation. Held on 9-11 November 2018, at the More FM Arena, Dunedin.

Topics: exhibition, Stamps Audience: General, Philatelists Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

The Belgians Have Not Forgotten is an exhibition created by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, touring New Zealand venues in 2017.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, exhibition, Belgium, Passchendaele Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton, New Zealand, Wellington

The City Choir Dunedin and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra come together to perform Karl Jenkins' chorla work The Armed Man at the Dunedin Town Hall on 1 April 2017.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Events, Performances, Music, peace Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

A full national stamp and postcard exhibition, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice. Held inn the More FM Arena, Dunedin, on 9-11 November 2018.

Topics: Events, Stamps, Armistice Audience: Philatelists Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Join the residents of Radius Fulton Care Centre, Dunedin, on 15 September 2016 as they remember those who fought in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Somme, Commemorations Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

The New Zealand Division suffered catastrophic losses on the Somme during September 1916. This talk at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum on 27 September 2016 commemorates Otago’s worst day.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Somme, Regional history, History Audience: General, historians, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Under the French city of Arras, New Zealand and French surveyors are using laser scanning technology to capture, honour, and preserve the incredible work of the NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company. 

Topics: New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, School of Surveying, University of Otago, Tunnellers, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, General Public, Researchers, Teachers, surveyors Located in: New Zealand, France, Dunedin

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra's 2016 season finishes with a programme featuring works that reflect the times of the First World War. Held in the Dunedin Town Hall on 1 October 2016.

Topics: Classical Music, Music, Events Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

In March 2016, Peter Kennedy presents a lecture series on New Zealand’s involvement on the Western Front in Mosgiel, Gore, Christchurch and Auckland.

Topics: Events, History, Education Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Gore
Organised by: Innovative Travel

A discussion on the history of the Passchendaele memorial locomotive, AB608, its relevance to the war and the contribution NZ Railways made to the war effort. At Toitū on 26 October 2015.

Topics: Events, Public Talks & Tours, History, railway, Passchendaele Audience: historians Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

This exhibition at Dunedin's Otago Museum telling the story of three local nurses as they care for wounded soldiers during the Great War. Runs from 1 October 2015 - 31 January 2016.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, nurses, Women in wartime Audience: General, historians, Students, Local residents, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Otago Museum

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

Explore the First World War battlefield recollections of former Otago Museum Director H D Skinner through objects and his own words. Exhibition runs from 7 August 2015 to 31 July 2016.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, Local history Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Local residents, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Otago Museum

Cantores Choir (OUSA) with orchestra and percussion presents a collection of songs, texts and sounds covering numerous aspects of war, at the Dunedin Railway Station, 24 May 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Songs, Music, Events, Musical performances Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Cantores Choir

Well known author Dr George Davis will talk on the origins and observance of Anzac Day. At Dunedin's Hocken Library, 13 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Anzac Day, History, Education Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
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Toitū Otago Settlers Museum will open immediately following Dunedin's Dawn Service. Join us for morning tea and Anzac biscuits from 7am, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Museums, Food, Gourmet, Wine, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Hear Sean Brosnahan talk about the disastrous attack on 2-3 May 1915 that destroyed the Otago Battalion as a fighting unit just a week into the Gallipoli campaign. At Toitū on 3 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Gallipoli, Otago Audience: General, Local residents, historians Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

The Dunedin RSA Choir will be presenting its Anzac revue at the Dunedin Town Hall on Anzac Day, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Music, Songs, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers, returned service veterans Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Dunedin RSA Choir

Dunedin's Forbury Park is hosting a commemorative race evening to remember the role that horses, their riders and attendants played in the First World War on 30 April 2015.

Topics: Horses, Events, Commemorations, Mounted rifles Audience: General, Sports People Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Forbury Park

Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915, performed by The New Zealand Dance Company.

Topics: dance, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Teachers, Artists, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, Australia, Christchurch, New Zealand, Australia, Dunedin, New Zealand, Australia, Tauranga, New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

Fortune Theatre in Dunedin hosts the world première of a play about Jack Braithwaite, a New Zealand soldier executed for mutiny in 1916. Runs from 28 March - 18 April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Theatre, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Fortune Theatre Trust

An exhibition of First World War records at the Archives New Zealand - Dunedin Office, from 24 September to 24 December 2014, accompanied by an online resource about Alexander Mee.

Topics: Exhibitions, online resources, Events, Historical records Audience: General, historians, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

A weekly reading of First World War stories, letters and diaries with music from the era. ​Saturday afternoons at 12.30, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and 1575AM.

Topics: Radio, diaries, letters, Music, broadcasting Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

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 series of events focused on Dunedin and Otago during the First World War, and particularly the first troop departures. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 28 September 2014.

Topics: Public talks and tours, Departure of troops, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

A cross-disciplinary interchange on the value of artifacts as resources for research into ANZACs at Gallipoli 1915.Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 9 September 2014.

Topics: Public talks and tours, Events Audience: General, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Professor Barbara Brookes, History and Art History, University of Otago, gives insight into New Zealand women's contribution to the First World War. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 August 2014

Topics: Public talks and tours, Women in wartime, Events, History Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Professor Barbara Brookes, University of Otago, will give insight into New Zealand women's contribution to the First World War. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 August 2014

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Topics: August 14, Public talks and tours, Events Audience: local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

A walk and talk around Toitu Otago Settlers Museum's 'Great War' exhibition. 10 August 2014, 2 pm. 7 September 2014, 2 pm.

Topics: Public talks and tours, August 14, Events Audience: General, local visitors, Families Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

A commemorative concert by the Dunedin RSA Choir. Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, 3 August 2014.

Topics: Musical performances, Music, RSA Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Dunedin RSA

Jock Phillips, historian, investigates the sculptors who worked on the First World War memorials in Aberhart's photographs. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 20 July 2014.

Topics: Public talks and tours, History, Sculpture Audience: local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Jan Bolwell's solo play about her grandfather's experiences on the Western Front during the First World War.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General, Teachers, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Jan Bolwell

The Otago Settlers Association in conjunction with Toitū Otago Settlers Museum are producing a documentary following the journey of the Otago Infantry Regiment and Mounted Rifles 1914-1919.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Film, August 14, Documentaries, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Audience: local visitors, Tourists, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Banners for special display for two New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame inductees killed in action during the First World War.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Marking 100 years since Otago and Southland troops first left from Dunedin for the theatre of war, with an Embarkation Day re-enactment march through Dunedin to where the troopships were.

Topics: Re-enactments, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, October 14 Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Dunedin RSA

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

On Anzac Day 2014 a guard of New Zealand Cadet Force members will be posted for a continuous 24 hours on the memorial gate at Otago Boys High School in Dunedin.

Topics: Anzac Day 2014, Commemorations, Ceremonies, Education Audience: local visitors, General, Students, Youth Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Commemorate Anzac Day 2014 with friends and family at the Otago Museum. Enjoy toe-tapping, First World War-inspired entertainment followed by a cup of tea and an Anzac biscuit or two.

Topics: Anzac Day 2014, Events, Performing Arts, Music Audience: Families, local visitors, Tourists, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Otago 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

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War with works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams which evoke feelings of pain and loss, as well as peace. 29 March 2014, Dunedin Town Hall.

Topics: Performing Arts, Music, Events, Classical Music Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Southern Sinfonia

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

Women at the Front (working title) is a new international theatre collaboration for WW100 between Ake Ake Theatre Company NZ and Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic (Dah Teatar) Serbia. Funded by Creative NZ.

Topics: Theatre, Medical care, Women in wartime, Events, October 14 Audience: Teachers, Students, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Europe - other, Dunedin

Restoring and improving the Queens Gardens (including the Cenotaph) in preparation for First World War commemorative events.

Dunedin cenotaph.
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients, Facilities Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Toitū begins commemorations with an exhibition focusing on Dunedin during the First World War, and themes its Call to Arms military display to key war events. 1 August 2014-3 May 2015.

Otago Infantry Battalion march through Dunedin's Octagon, 1914
Topics: Exhibitions, Events, August 14 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Transcribing war memorials in Otago & Southland. Publishing details of soldiers in our monthly newsletter. Cross-referencing Invercargill Cenotaph to all memorials for future publication.

Topics: Memorials, Research, Local history, Online Cenotaph, Anzac Day 2014 Audience: General, Researchers, historians, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

An exhibition of Laurence Aberhart's photographs of First World War memorials in New Zealand and Australia, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 12 April 2014-31 August 2014.

Photograph by Laurence Aberhart.
Topics: Exhibitions, August 14, Photography, Touring exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: Dunedin