The Great War Exhibition commemorated the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War from 2015-2018 at Wellington's Dominion Museum Building.
The Great War Exhibition commemorated the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. It marks the centenary of the world-wide cataclysm that was that particular war and opened on the 18th April 2015.
18,166 lives were lost as part of New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War; a very significant loss for New Zealand, which had a population of just over a million at the time.
It is true to say that New Zealand’s very nature was altered by the sacrifice, challenges and war-time experiences of its citizens at home and away. On the home-front the losses incurred on the other side of the world were hard to bear and as well as that the society changed radically with the whole country on a war footing.
With support from the New Zealand Government, Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Peter’s talented team at Wingnut Films, The Exhibition offered a unique opportunity for New Zealanders to see and feel a special part of their history from 1914 through to 1918. For visitors to these shores it offered a remarkable chance to see an important part of New Zealand history whilst getting a glimpse of what it is to be a New Zealander.