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Life 100 Years Ago on Twitter


History from the perspective of New Zealanders who experienced it. Daily tweets from diaries, letters, newspapers... shared 100 years later in 'real-time'. Join in!

Join us to create a shared timeline of daily life from 100 years ago, starting in 1913 (2013) and continuing through wartime.
Do you have access to diaries and letters and other material such as written postcards by New Zealanders that you can date to specific days between 1913 and 1919? If so, you might like to participate in this New Zealand-wide online collaboration.
Imagine checking into Twitter each day to find updates quoted from New Zealanders alive 100 years ago, posted on the day they were written. Or a timeline on the WW100 website showing what many people experienced on the same day in history.
What did New Zealanders have to say about life at home and at war? What were they reading in the newspapers? What photos did they take?

On Twitter
On Twitter, we share quotes from letters and diaries and newspapers on the day they were written (or published), with photographs or illustrations where they're available.
If you have access to a diary or series of letters, you can set up your own stream of daily quotes (you need to tweet on the same date the quote was written 100 years on). Have a look at these examples for inspiration:

Read the join in page for more information about participating.

On WW100
Quotes from the different streams are being pulled together to present a shared timeline of New Zealand during wartime (and leading up to the start of the First World War) here: http://WW100.govt.nz/life-100-years-ago
Educational resources are also provided to guide teachers to involve students in the project, and guidelines for those wanting to participate from home or in an organisation are also available under Join In.

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Date added: 22 December 2012 | Last updated: 29 February 2016
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