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Macmillan Brown Library have just made it easier to find archival collections for the First World War. Just go to our art and archives database, Kā Kohika and click on 'First World War' under popular topics. We have pulled together archival First World War content including digitised diaries, letters and photographs. Click on the thumbnail to view a photographic image, or you can click on 'view the document' to see text items such as diaries and manuscripts.

On 24 July 2016 at 2pm leading military historian Dr Chris Pugsley will speak about New Zealand role in the Great War in 1916.

About the film:25 April is an innovative feature documentary created to bring the story of the New Zealand experiences at Gallipoli (Turkey) to life for a modern audience through a reimagined world. Using graphic novel-like animation, 25 April brings First World War experiences out of the usual black and white archive pictures and into vibrant, dynamic colour.

Join author Jocelyn Robson as she discusses her fascinating new book, Radical Reformers and Respectable Rebels: How the Two Lives of Grace Oakeshott Defined an EraThursday 7th April at 7pm at Central Library Peterborough, 91 Peterborough Street, Christchurch.

A new book by Anne Strathie follows the lives of some of the men from the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913) onto the battlefields, trenches and battle ships of World War One.

The book is available in hard copy and as an e-book from Whitcoulls and PaperPlus.

 

 

Heartlanders: New Zealanders of the Great War is the National Army Museum’s travelling exhibition touring New Zealand. The exhibition, built in containers, tells the stories of ordinary New Zealanders in World War One and brings their special stories back to the communities where their journey began.

Margaret Pointer
Niuean soldiers in the First World War

Pasifika Lali Room (PS208)
Te Ao Marama building
University of Canterbury
Thursday 3 December 2015
3.00 – 4.00pm.

Professor Glyn Harper will be talking about his book Johnny Enzed. The New Zealand Soldier of the First World War on 22 October at Central Library Peterborough from 6pm.

There will be a number of WWI themed events running as part of Beca Heritage Week this year:

Just over ten years after the first flight at Kittyhawk by the Wright brothers, New Zealanders went to war in the air for the first time. Initially just a few individuals in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, the endless demand for air-men eventually enabled approximately 800 New Zealand men and women to par-ticipate in the air war – over 70 losing their lives in the process.

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