A 4 part lecture series at the WEA in Christchurch in November 2018: "Voices of WW1" explores some of the more unusual perspectives - from New Zealand Nurses to conscientious objectors.
This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. Join some of Canterbury's prominent historians as they show us people's experiences from some quite different perspectives. All talks from 1-2.30 pm.
We Were Called Angels: The New Zealand Nurses of the First World War – 7th Nov
Until recently, the remarkable and courageous New Zealand nurses who served overseas in the First World War have not always received the recognition they deserve. In many theatres of war, they worked with skill and compassion in often appalling and dangerous conditions. Anna Rogers tells something of their compelling story.
The Impact of the First World War on Canterbury's Conscientious Objectors – 14th Nov
What was it like to be a conscientious objector imprisoned in New Zealand during World War I? Find out what happened to some of Canterbury's religious COs both during the war and after the fighting was over. Margaret Lovell-Smith, a local historian and former Co-ordinator of the Canterbury WEA, is the Lead Researcher for the 'Voices Against War' project which in 2016 launched the website: voicesagainstwar.nz
Poets and Artists of the First World War – 21st Nov
This session will be made up of a collation of visual images and excerpts from poetry written during and after World War 1. By cross referencing the visual and the written, the aim is to bring the first person experience of soldiers serving on the Western Front as close to us as possible, a hundred years after the event. Linda Hart is an experienced Art Historian and Literary lover.
The Canterbury Labour Movement and the First World War – 28th Nov
Experienced historian Dan Bartlett will discuss the Labour Movement's opposition to pre-war compulsory military training and wartime conscription, focussing on a few individuals and their families in particular (Fred Cooke, Ted Howard, and George Samms amongst others).
Limited spaces, book early to avoid disapointment.