NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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Discover the stories of six soldiers who fought at Passchendaele and then research the story of your own soldier at Petone Community Library, Lower Hutt, 29 October 2017, 1-5pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Family research, Research, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Petone Community Library

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

Interested in researching someone who served in the First World War? Come to a presentation on war records at National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, on 18 October 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Research, Family History, Events Audience: General, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A book detailing the joint project between New Zealand, Australia and Turkey that has produced the first comprehensive archaeological and historical survey of the Anzac battlefield at Gallipoli.

Topics: Publications, Gallipoli, Books, History, Research Audience: historians

The Linking Bridges project aims to build links between two bridges and their communities: Kaiparoro war memorial bridge, Wairarapa and the Bridge Creek memorial bridge at Brooweena, Queensland.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Heritage sites, Research, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Teachers, Students, Descendants, General, local visiitors Located in: Australia, Masterton

Learn how to search for and download New Zealand's First World War soldier records from Archives NZ at Papakura's Sir Edmund Hillary Library on 22 April 2016.

Topics: Education, Events, Family History, Research, Soldiers Audience: Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Papakura
Organised by: Auckland Libraries

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

In this talk on 20 August 2015, three National Library staff members talk about the some of the acquaintances they have made in the course of their research on the First World War.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Research, public talks Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Family History Librarian Seonaid Lewis looks at the different types of First World War documents available for family research. At West Auckland Research Center, 12 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Research, family histories, Education Audience: Genealogists, family historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by:

Two family history lunchtimes series talks to commemorate New Zealanders' contribution to the First World War at Auckland's Central City Library, Wednesday 15 April.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Family History, Research, Events Audience: family historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Libraries

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

Research into the men and women listed as "killed in action" during the First World War on war memorials in Upper Clutha, published into a book titled Courageous and Free in November 2016.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, wanaka, Research, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Public, School children, Descendants, historians, family historians Located in: New Zealand, Wanaka

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

Researching their pharmacy and military experiences, the circumstances of their death and where they are commemorated.  The Pharmaceutical Society will record a tribute to these men.

Names of NZ pharmacists killed in WW1
Topics: Research, Medical care, Publications, Online Cenotaph Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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

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 museum and research centre commemorating Rannerdale and Canterbury's First World War stories, archives, and research facilities.

Lord and Lady Bledisloe visiting a Rannerdale Veteran in the 1930s
Topics: Museum, Research, Education, Archives, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Teachers, secondary students, Students, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Rannerdale Veterans Care

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

Highlights the contributions made by over 50 nurses from the East Coast/Hawke's Bay region who served overseas during the First World War in Egypt, France, England and Serbia.

Nursing sisters look out from the windows of a New Zealand Stationary Hospital hut in Wisques, France. Archives New Zealand ((Ref: ACGO 8398, IA76/13, H905, R22250303)
Topics: Publications, Research, Books, History, Medical care Audience: Nurses, General, Students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne, New Zealand, Napier

Collecting the stories, photos and documents of Waipu people who served in the First World War and building a village exhibition. Opens August 2014.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, Community contribution, August 14, Research Audience: local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Waipu
Organised by: Waipu Museum

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

Researching the lives of 100 men listed on five Wellington war memorials as "killed" during the First World War, on behalf of the Wellington Branch, New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Aro valley war memorial
Topics: Memorials, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A research project for Ongaonga School pupils to put detail around the 25 names listed on our village memorial.

Ongaonga First World War Memorial
Topics: Research, Education, Online Cenotaph Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Ongaonga
Organised by: Ongaonga School

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

Historical research and publication on the Eastbourne RSA and the district’s links with the First World War.

ANZAC memorial pohutukawa plaque, Eastbourne (Photo: Dr Stephen Clarke)
Topics: RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Publications, Research Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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:

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

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

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

Recording a list of First World War service personnel & reserves that listed their occupation as working for the Post Office.

Topics: History, Research Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other
Organised by: Andrew McNiven

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

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 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

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 MA History thesis looking at the identification and quantification of the NZers employed in the mercantile marine, historiographical analysis and a microhistory of SS Aparima.

Topics: Research, resources, History Audience: historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Massey University

To create a museum display based on the names on the Wainuiomata War Memorial.

Topics: Research, Exhibitions, Personal stories, Online Cenotaph, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt

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

Researching relatives from the First World War. Have already researched one relative, my Great Uncle.

Topics: Research, Personal projects, Online Cenotaph Located in: France, Auckland
Organised by: Peter C Burridge

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

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

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

Building up a list of casualties and injuries from Greymouth and area, using various sources.

Topics: Research Located in: Greymouth

Building up a list of First World War casualties, from various sources.

Topics: Research, Personal projects Located in: Oamaru
Organised by: Judy Moffat

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

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