Collecting the stories, photos and documents of Waipu people who served in the First World War and building a village exhibition. Opens August 2014.
The genealogists at Waipu Museum have identified over 687 people who had a very close association with Waipu and who were engaged with the First World War
The grandchildren and great grandchildren of Waipu’s Highland settlers answered the call to ‘King and Country’ in their hundreds. They departed their homeland for foreign shores, leaving their families, like thousands all over the world, facing the possibility of potential and horrific loss. Tragically for some it would be the last adventure of their young lives.
Our museum has embarked on further research into the lives of some of these individuals, and it is hoped that during the four years centenary of the war, the research will continue to build files of photographs, documents, and letters related to these individuals, their family details, their wartime experience, and what happened to them after the war if they survived. This research is already facilitating a reconnection with many descendants of Waipu’s remarkable migration.
As part of this research, an exhibition of story boards is planned for the village and the wider environs of Waipu, including Waipu Cove and Langs Beach.
This exhibition will be opened on 5th August 2014, marking 100 years since the start of the First World War. At the end of the war period, it is hoped that we will have built digital files containing the information we have gathered, about as many of these Waipu descendants as possible. Having amassed this information the files can then be passed on in digital form to families, and also published in print form.
If you have information, photos, letters, diaries etc of a relative who fought in the Great War and was either a descendant of the Waipu migration or who lived in the Bream Bay Area, please contact us on 432 0746 or email Patsy Montgomery [email protected]