NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Whakatāne Museum First World War Digitisation Project

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.

The Museum has invited members of the community to bring their First World War material to one of six venues around the district. 

The material is captured and then packed in museum-standard materials before being returned to the owners. After processing, copies of the digital files are sent out to participants.

People are invited to share the material, via a website in 2014 and an exhibition at Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi (home to the Museum's galleries) in 2015.

Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi - the Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre was the venue for the first two days of digitisation.  The Museum has contracted Andrew Pettengell, Principle of AP Digital to capture the material.

An assortment of material came in, predominantly photographs and postcards, paybooks and a bombers instructor's certificate, but one object Andrew found particularly poignant.

"It was a steel match box, complete with striker and matches, just as it had been left.  You couldn't help but think where it had been, turned over in a soldier's hand as he wondered at the world he discovered himself in.

It was apparent the family members entrusted with these treasures saw them as more than memories, rather reminders of the price paid and innocence lost through this great adventure."

Further sessions will be held in Murupara, Edgecumbe, Matatā, Waimana and Taneatua.

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This activity is being worked on from
June 2013
 to 
April 2014
Date added: 19 September 2013 | Last updated: 11 May 2015

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