A broad-ranging book combining history and heritage to tell the story of New Zealand’s home front experiences.
The book combines new and original historical research into New Zealand life during the war, with new images of and research into the country’s many surviving First World War heritage sites.
It covers the following subjects:
- enlistment, recruitment, conscription, and resistance
- training in New Zealand
- life in the training camps
- manufacturing uniforms and equipment for the troops
- defending New Zealand – forts, internment camps, etc
- supplying food to Britain and financing the war
- maintaining living conditions in wartime New Zealand
- the lived experience of those at home: fundraising, anti-German activities, mourning
- end of the war - surrender and peace celebrations etc
- rehabilitating soldiers back into society
- remembering and memorialising the war
The book was written as part of the First World War Centenary History programme by Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage historians Imelda Bargas and Tim Shoebridge, and was launched by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry ONZM at a ceremony at Old Government Buildings on 13 April 2015.
See how the book progressed on the New Zealand's First World War Heritage Facebook page.