NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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A presentation and NZ military records research afternoon at Petone Community Library, Lower Hutt, on 12 March 2017.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Soldiers, Research, Local history Audience: historians, local community Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Petone Community Library

What happened when the Eastbourne RSA decided to publish a history of its community’s experiences of war? Find out at Petone Library on 1 September 2016.

Topics: Events, Public Talks & Tours, Local history Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Council

A pop up exhibition at Renwick Community Memorial Hall on 20 and 21 August 2016, with a focus on the men from Renwick who served in the First World War.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Local history, Soldiers Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

Recording and displaying Methven's First World War soldier stories in the Methven Heritage Centre during the centenary period.

Topics: Local history, Events, Exhibitions, History Audience: General, local visitors, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Methven

A multi-media living history presentation telling the story of soldiers from the district that served at The Somme. Several performances at Motueka District Museum over 5-6 April 2016.

Topics: Local history, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Conscription, Somme Audience: General, Local residents, local visitors, Family history researchers, School children Located in: New Zealand, Motueka

An exhibition illustrating the building of Kaitaia's First World War memorial and the later relocation. Held at Kiwi North Museum, Kaitaia, from 1 May - 1 July 2016.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Memorials, Local history Audience: General, Local residents, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Kaitaia

Keith Garwood will talk about his research into local soldiers who served and died in the First World War, at the Petone Community Library on 23 April 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Local history, Soldiers Audience: General, historians, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

Hear author Andrew Francis speak about the fascinating research that went into 'That Dear Little Home in the Bay', at the Petone Community Library on 9 April 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Local history, Medical care Audience: General, historians, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

CHB Settlers Museum's 2016 exhibition focuses on 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, and the 42 local boys lost in 1916. The exhibition runs from 13 March 2016 - 13 March 2017.

Topics: Exhibtions, Somme, Events, Local history Audience: Local residents, General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Waipawa

The role of Tairāwhiti women who served overseas in the First World War is the focus of this public lecture at the Tairāwhiti Museum on 25 April 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Women in wartime, Local history, Events, Anzac Day 2016 Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne
Organised by: Tairawhiti Museum

This exhibition has a focus on the men from Blenheim who served in the First World War, and local Marlborough context of the day. Held at Bookworld, Blenheim, 12-14 February 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Exhibitions, Local history Audience: Local residents, General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

On Tuesday 23 February 2016 heritage writer Ian Collins will give a talk at the Ashburton Gallery on ‘The Fortunes of War: The military careers of two Canterbury First World War soldiers'

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Soldiers, Events, Local history Audience: General, historians, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Ashburton
Organised by: Ashburton Art Gallery

This book records, for the first time, biographies and stories about the nurses (both registered and unregistered) and chaplains with a Nelson/Tasman connection, who served in the First World War.  

Topics: Chaplains to the Forces, Local history, Research, Women in wartime, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, Individuals / Families, General, local visitors, Women

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 Armistice Day commemorative service at the Cenotaph, followed by the launch of the street-naming initiative 'Poppy Places' at the Central Library on 11 November 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Commemorative events, Armistice, Local history Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by:

Kae Lewis explores the continuing connections of Thames and New Zealand to the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium. At The Treasury on 19 November 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Local history, Events, History Audience: Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Thames
Organised by: The Treasury

Four murals of the "Fields of Remembrance" banners have been externally mounted on a wall at the Ngaruawahia RSA to honour the men and women of Ngaurawahia who served in the First World War

Topics: Education, Lottery Grant Recipients, RSA, Local history, remembrance Audience: General, local visitors, Local residents, Schools, Individuals / Families Located in: New Zealand, Ngaruawahia
Category: Other

Gallipoli, From Tauranga to the Trenches is the second exhibition from the Tauranga Heritage Collection commemorating the First World War.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, History, Local history, Gallipoli Audience: General, Local residents, Teachers, Students Located in: Tauranga, Te Puke

A display of photographs, mementos and copies of military histories of the men from the Pukekohe East School and District who fought in the First World War. In Pukekohe from 10-11 October 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, Local history, Soldiers Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Pukekohe
Organised by: Auckland Council

Andrew Francis presents at talk about the Taumaru Military Convalescent Home in Lowry Bay, at the Eastbourne Community Library on 5 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Local history, History Audience: historians, Local residents, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

Keith Garwood shares his mapping work identifying the homes of Lower Hutt residents who served in the First World War. At Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, 9 September 2015.

 

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Local history, Events Audience: Local residents, historians, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt

A free talk at Te Puke Public Library about local man Arnold Watson who joined the Imperial Camel Corp in the First World War. This Family History Month event is held on 27 August 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Family History, Local history, public talks, Beersheba Audience: family historians, Genealogists, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Te Puke
Organised by: Te Puke Public Library

An exhibition featuring photos and brief histories of Marton's local soldiers who served in the First World War. On at Vahalla Cinema Complex from 18-29 August 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, Local history, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Local residents, local visitors, Descendants, historians Located in: New Zealand, Marton

A play based on the prolific First World War fundraiser Helena Barnard, performed by St Mary's Diocesan School students. At The Castle, Stratford, from 11-13 August 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Local history, Fundraising, Performing Arts, Women in wartime Audience: General, Students, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Stratford

Join the Garden Place Library in Hamilton for a series of talks on various aspects of the Home Front in the Waikato during the First World War, between 6 August and 10 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Education, Local history Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton City Libraries

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

Thames-Coromandel District Council is developing a conservation plan for the Thames Monument, an early 1920s memorial which commemorates local soldiers who were lost in the First World War.

Topics: Monuments, Memorials, Heritage sites, Lottery Grant Recipients, Local history Audience: historians, architects, Researchers, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Thames

WW100 Anzac Display showing 4000 poppies and Gallipoli and Western Front images at Coach House Museum from 24 April - 30 June 2015.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Local history Audience: Local residents, General Located in: New Zealand, Feilding
Organised by: Coach House Museum

Posters and paintings looking at Manawatu preparing and returning from war. At Palmerston North's Vault Gallery from 30 April - 26 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Local history, Art Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Vault Gallery

In the lead up to commemorating Anzac Day 2015, staff from the Christchurch City Libraries have developed 'The New Brighton Boys' display. At New Brighton Library from 22 April - 31 May 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Local history, Libraries, Events Audience: General, Local residents, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

A 300 page publication listing all the fallen mentioned on memorials in the area.

Topics: Memorials, Publications, Local history Audience: Local residents, Descendants, historians, Teachers
Organised by: Sonia Edwards

An insight into the men and women from Plimmerton who served In the Eqypt/Dardanelles campaign. At Emerging Light Gallery, 24 April - 8 May 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Local residents, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Plimmerton

The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance will be installed in Government Gardens between 23 - 28 April 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Fields of Remembrance, Anzac Day 2015, Local history Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua

Te Awamutu Museum presents the powerful personal stories of seven Waikato-Maniapoto men who fought as soldiers in the First World War in 'Ake, Ake, Ake', from 25 April - 27 October 2015.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Local history, Maori Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu
Organised by: Te Awamutu Museum

Telling the stories of Hawke’s Bay First World War participants in NZ and overseas. MTG Hawke's Bay's First World War exhibition opens in Napier on 18 April 2015.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, Local history Audience: General, local visitors, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Napier
Organised by: MTG Hawke's Bay

Papatoetoe Historical Society presents this free exhibition showcasing Papatoetoe's extensive military history and war memorabilia at Youthline Manukau Centre, 20 April - 9 May 2015

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, Local history Audience: Local residents, General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Manukau
Organised by: Youthline Manukau Centre

A display of  photos and tribute pennants for local fallen Anzacs at Kaeo's Wesleydale Memorial Church, 20-24 April 2015. Powhiri and blessing on 19 April: http://goo.gl/eJ7joJ

Topics: Social & Political History, History, Local history, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Located in: New Zealand, Kaeo

Tour Taranaki's war memorials with Puke Ariki's heritage experts on 6 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Tours, Memorials, Local history, Events Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, New Plymouth
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Puke Ariki

The Pukekohe East Hall Committee extends an invitation to families of men and women who have gone off to war from the Pukekohe East district. Reflect, remember and share on 26 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Families, Events, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Pukekohe

On 21 April 2015, come celebrate the launch of Palmerston North City Libraries' new website dedicated to the contributions our local community and beyond made to the First World War.

Topics: online resources, Events, Local history Audience: local visitors, General, historians, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Category: Other

Join Peter Olsen on a bus tour of a selection of the more than 50 First World War memorials that dot the Manawatu landscape. Departing from Palmerston North on 26 April 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Memorials, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, historians, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Category: Tours or trails

This exhibition at PATAKA honours the memories of those from the Porirua area who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey between April and December 1915. Exhibition runs from April-3 May 2015.

Topics: Anzac Day 2015, WWI soldiers, Exhibitions, Events, Local history Audience: Teachers, Schools, primary schools, secondary schools Located in: New Zealand, Porirua
Organised by: PATAKA Art + Museum

This free booklet features a heritage trail visiting 22 places that provide insight into Wellington’s participation in the war and includes a map illustrating WWI parade and procession routes.

Topics: Heritage trails, History, Local history, Heritage sites, publication Audience: General, Local residents, Tourists, Families, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An exhibition of items from Tairāwhiti Museum's collection with relevance to the First World War and to the Gisborne-East Coast region. From 24 April - 14 June 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, Local history Audience: historians, local visitors, Local residents, General Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne
Organised by: Tairawhiti Museum

Discover more about Marlborough's role in the First World War at the Marlborough Provincial Museum and Archives, Blenheim, between 25 April and 3 May 2015.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: local visitors, General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

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

An exhibition at Paekakariki Station Museum that looks at local Paekakariki First World War soldiers and the Native Contingent. From 15 February to Anzac weekend.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, Local history Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Paekakariki

An exhibition at the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum in Waipawa tells the stories of some of the local soldiers who went to the First World War. Runs from 30 January - 30 April 2015.

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

An exhibition at Mount Maunganui's Classic Flyers Museum to honour local soldiers, their families and the community. Opens Anzac Day 2015 and runs till 23 May.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, aviation, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, local visitors, Families, Students Located in: New Zealand, Mt Maunganui
Organised by: Classic Flyers Museum

A book that shares the stories of the soldiers from the Thames region who went off to the First World War. Launched in 2014.

Topics: Books, Publications, Local history, Soldiers Audience: historians, family historians, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Thames

The Heritage Story Map combines satellite photography of contemporary Wellington with images and stories from the First World War. View it on mobile or your browser.

1915 map of Wellington city over contemporary map
Topics: Heritage trails, History, Local history, Personal stories, online resources Audience: General, historians, history teachers, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

Creating biographies of the men who are on local memorials including Motueka, Riwaka, Ngatimoti, Lower Moutere, Upper Moutere, Tasman Mapua and Dovedale, and some missing from memorials.

Names on the Motueka war memorial. Image: Francis Vallance, 2010.
Topics: Research, Online Cenotaph, Local history, August 14 Located in: New Zealand, Motueka

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

A silent slideshow (inspired by the Berry photographic plates) of formal portraits taken of servicemen before they headed off to the unknown trials of war.

Topics: Anzac Day 2015, Photography, Local history, Film Audience: local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Feilding

A family history EXPO on 16-17 August 2014, Public Library, Paraparaumu; with a range of guests and agencies on hand to assist, plus stories and memories of the First World War.

Topics: Research, Local history, Community contribution, Events, August 14 Audience: Families, historians, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Paraparaumu
Organised by: Kapiti Genealogy

The Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives is compiling an index of names recorded on rolls of honour and memorial plaques in New Zealand Methodist churches.

 

Topics: Research, Online Cenotaph, Local history Audience: Descendants, Family history researchers, historians Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Finding First World War rolls of honour in Point Chevalier, Avondale and New Lynn, researching the names, and those not included on honour boards within the areas, with view to publication.

Topics: Local history, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General, Descendants, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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

The North Otago First World War Roll of Honour has been professionally conserved to ensure that it is available for research use.

An image of the face plate in the Roll of Honour
Topics: Local history, conservation Audience: Descendants, Researchers, Family history researchers, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: North Otago Museum

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

This exhibition at Rotorua Museum tells some of the many powerful stories from the First World War through objects and memories contributed by the Rotorua community. 2 July 2014-2 November 2014.

Topics: Exhibitions, August 14, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Local history Audience: local visitors, iwi, whanau, Families Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua

Discover how the First World War changed life for people in the Waitaki District in an exhibition at North Otago Museum, from 13 September 2014 and 29 March 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Local history, Personal stories, Homefront, Events Audience: General, Descendants, Families, Schools, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: North Otago Museum

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

A project to place images and brief information boards about Lower Hutt WW1 soldiers/heroes in locations closest to their residential address at their time of signing up.
 

Topics: Memorials, Heritage, Local history, Archival research Audience: Teachers, Local neigbourhoods, Students, Seniors, RSA Located in: Lower Hutt