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The new version of Auckland Museum's Cenotaph Database website is finally up! Take a look here http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph

As part of a national project being organised by the Fields of Remembrance Trust the Timaru WWOne Centenary Committee are producing 1,500 white crosses.

The crosses represent every man and woman from the region who died in the First World War.

The crosses will be on display in various sites throughout South Canterbury when they are completed and will be a major feature in Anzac Day commemorations in South Canterbury.

There will be 100 riders for the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. 52 of these riders will be dressed in full military uniform representing the 52 soldiers from this area who didn't return home.

Friday 24th April 2015 - Day 1 - Will see us all assembled near "The Peaks Hall" for an introduction, run through with the organisers re: rider placement, formation etc. Riders, support crew and horses will stay over night in their own tents / horse floats etc. All food will be provided for them. There will be more info provided on this once we have our rider numbers. 

The Rannerdale World War One Commemorative Centre Regimental Dinner is a premier Christchurch event supported by the New Zealand Defence Force to honour our First World War Veterans.

The Regimental Dinner will be held at the Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch on the 28 February 2015 and will be attended by Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Timothy (Tim) Keating, MNZM, Chief of Army Major General A.D. Gawn, MBE, Her Worship the Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel along with other dignitaries. 

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to collaborate with the New Zealand Army Band and distinguished New Zealand composers and choreographers Dwayne Bloomfield, Gareth Farr, Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons, in this special programme of works to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

Alongside classic pieces by Johan Kobborg (Salute, New Zealand premiere), Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons will create two world premieres.

From December 2014 to February 2015, Christchurch City Libraries is hosting a World War One Exhibition at Central Library Peterborough, 85-87 Peterborough Street. The Exhibition includes a Uniform, holdall, and a collection of Christmas postcards, menus and cards.

CANTERBURY STORIES
Help us tell the story of Canterbury
at home and at war
during 1914 -1918.

Katie Pickles, Associate Professor in History, University of Canterbury

2pm 12 October 2014 Air Force Museum (45 Harvard Avenue)

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

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