NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Discover WW1

What can a memorial's inscription and list of names tell us about New Zealand communities 100 years ago?

Did you know that almost all of New Zealand's First World War memorials were paid for by local communities, schools and work places?

There are over 500 First World War memorials scattered across the country, in almost every community. Why did New Zealanders go to such monumental lengths to create them?

At dawn on 24 February 1918, Private Victor Spencer became the fifth and final New Zealander to be executed during the First World War. In this article, former MP Mark Peck explains what drove him to sponsor a bill pardoning the five soldiers.

Te Papa curator and historian Kirstie Ross uncovers a collection of photographic portraits of First World War soldiers – a forgotten building block in the evolution of New Zealand’s war remembrance.

Did you know that New Zealanders' gambling, drinking and even cinema-going habits were targeted by religious organisations in an effort to win the war?

Did you know that New Zealand's most skilled Great War airman was the first person to attempt a parachute jump from a Royal Flying Corps aircraft?

German historian Martin Bayer explains how the events of 1917 were decisive in determining the outcome of the First World War, as well as the course of twentieth-century history. 

Did you know that New Zealand mounted riflemen in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign spent their precious leisure time exploring sites of religious and historical importance?

100 years ago, Paul Barker's grandfather was fighting in the Palestine Campaign. What prompted him to write a book about this significant part of his family’s history?

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