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Sarah Murray, Curator Human History, Canterbury Museum

11am 12 October 2014 Air Force Museum (45 Harvard Avenue)

Join Te Papa history curator, Kirstie Ross, as she talks about the importance of things in maintaining individual, family and local identities during a conflict that was global and globalising.

The First World War seeped and stormed into every aspect of New Zealander’s lives. The things that survived – a crumpled theatre ticket, a knitting pattern, a crucifix made from rifle cartridges – bring this distant event back into our hands today.

Friday 17 October, 6pm – 7pm
Canterbury Museum

Searching for New Zealand biographical and service details during the First World War

Join a workshop with Christchurch City Libraries staff, who will introduce a range of New Zealand digital resources that will help you unravel the mysteries of your First World War photographs and official records.

Saturday 18 October 3pm – 4pm
Christchurch South Library, South Learning Centre Computer Lab
Bookings essential. To RSVP please phone 941 5140.

Join Te Papa history curator, Kirstie Ross, as she shares about the detective work undertaken to reveal the identities of more than 90 of Te Papa’s ‘Berry Boys’.

Saturday 18 October, 2pm – 3pm
Christchurch South Library, Sydenham Room
Bookings essential. To RSVP please phone 941 5140. You are invited to provide a gold coin donation.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, at the Airforce Museum in Wigram, the Canterbury 100 Team will be on hand to help guide you in finding out more about your First World War past.

Bring in your Great War treasures and meet with experts from across the country who can identify them.

100 years ago New Zealand sent the first soldiers off to to fight in the First World War. A new exhibition launched at the Air Force Museum hopes to bring back life stories from what is now known as The Great War.

View the CTV News Canterbury Stories Air Force Museum story.

Commemorations to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War (1914-1918) have begun in Selwyn.

The first of 22 Gallipoli Oak trees was planted in Sheffield in August to remember the sacrifice of local soldiers.

Image: Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe and local Sheffield Primary School student Joshua Molloy (7) planting the first oak tree

The Parish of Opawa- St Martins is pleased to be able to host " Saluting the Sacrifice" in which four speakers will talk on aspects of the First World War.

Speakers are Sarah Murray ( Curator Human History at the Canterbury Museum) , Simon Moody ( Research Office at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand) , Warren Lidstone's ( Head of History, Christ's College) .

Thursday 2nd October 2014 7.00pm-9.15pm

Endurance was an inherent part of the First World War. The chapters in this collection explore the concept in New Zealand and Australia. Researchers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines address what it meant for New Zealanders and Australians to endure the First World War, and how the war endured through the Twentieth Century.

People have been writing and talking about the First World War since its commencement 100 years ago. With a flood of new books, television programmes, exhibitions and other things already released or planned for the next few years, it is tempting to ask what else we can possibly find to say about one of the most discussed events of human history. In this panel discussion, Greg Hynes, David Monger and Sarah Murray will offer some examples of how the research community, including postgraduates, academics and museum professionals, is finding new ways to explore, understand and explain the events of the First World War.

Tuesday 9 September 2014 at 6:30pm
Arts Lecture Theatre A4, University of Canterbury.