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.
The programme includes:
1.15pm – Otago Red Cross History This talk has a strong focus on Otago relative to WW1. In addition 2015 marks 100 years of Red Cross activity in NZ and having been born out of conflict has a huge relevance to WW1.
2.15pm - Goodbye Cobber: Good Luck and God Bless - Dunedin based historian and author Keith Scott combines his research areas of early 20th century colonial social history and military history to talk about the moments of “goodbye”, the local send offs for volunteers from their communities, the departure of the Otago and Southland soldiers on 22 September 1914 and the sailing of the entire Body NZEF. It is a story of deeply personal quiet moments amongst a storm of parading and showing off, a story of fear and foreboding not the flag waving - things the politicians deliberately avoided mentioning.
3.15pm – Six Weeks to Embarkation: Otago and Southland Patriotic Women’s Association Margery Blackman will talk about the six weeks leading up to Embarkation from August 10 – September 21, 1914.
Suitable for children 8-12, 1pm-4pm.
Children will be issued with a challenge card then they will visit stations where they will explore the skills, knowledge and fitness that WW1 soldiers would learn in their basic training. These include: fitness, first aid, semaphore, Morse code, marching, knot tying, map reading and compass skills. Participants will receive an embarkation day badge.
Burnside building tour
A tour of the rooms where Dunedin's soldiers were entertained and kitted out before departing for the First World War in 1914, 2pm.