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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.
Waimate Remembers: objects and stories of the First World War – an exhibition that tells the stories of the people of Waimate during the Great War, is open now at the Waimate Museum. This exhibition turns back the pages of Waimate history to tell the stories of the people who went to war and those that stayed behind.
At 5.30pm on Wednesday evening (5 August) Tatyanna Meharry’s exhibition War sTOrY opens at the Tin Palace in Lyttelton (running from 6-23 August). It commemorates the 304 soldiers who went from Lyttelton to the First World War and explores ideas of war consumption and the war as a the great game of men. In conjunction with her exhibition historian Dr Gwen Parsons will be giving two talks. The first on Saturday 8 August about New Zealand’s participation in the war, and the second on Saturday 15 August about the impact of the war on New Zealand.
On 23 October 1915 the Marquette sank into the Aegean Sea taking 32 Kiwis down with her. For a nation still reeling from the heavy casualties at Gallipoli this was a significant blow.
Australia has dominated the commemoration of Gallipoli and its historiography. If we look be-yond the A of Anzac to explore how other key participants in the campaign have commemorated it, the transnational exchange of ideas can be observed. Each country’s memory has followed its own path, but ideas from outside have had a strong influence. In particular, Australia has been a pervasive and vital influence in this process. New Zealand’s commemorations have closely fol-lowed in Australia’s footsteps, but have had their own distinctive characteristics.
Imagine Charitable Trust in association with The Air Force Museum of New Zealand brings this epic World War One centenary production to Wigram.
Runs 29 July to 8 August at the Air Force Museum.
On 8 August 2015 a New Zealand Commemorative service will be held on Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli. This service will mark the centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair, New Zealand’s most significant action in the Gallipoli Campaign.
This commemorative service will not be balloted, and anyone who wishes to attend can do so.
Join Christchurch City Libraries at the following events:
Canterbury at War
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (6:30PM – 7:30PM)
Nurses at War
Saturday, July 25, 2015 (2:00PM – 3:00PM)
Glyn Harper on his book Johnny Enzed. The New Zealand Soldier of the First World War
Thursday, October 22, 2015 (6:00PM – 8:00PM)