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War: Impact on New Zealand society and identity

Gallipoli: Death of Innocence

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-337.

New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War was a significant event in our history. It changed our society and identity forever.

April 2015 saw the long boring wait of the New Zealand soldier in Egypt end. Supporting Britain and its allies, New Zealand soldiers would invade the Gallipoli Peninsula, landing at what is now known as ANZAC cove. Initial enthusiasm towards conflict was short lived as the realities of war set in. This session looks specifically at the events of Gallipoli through the eyes of the New Zealand Soldier their personal journeys from feelings of patriotic duty to campaign fatigue. Looking closely at the landing and the events that followed, students will examine the realities of what the day to day life was like for a solider in 1915 at Gallipoli.

Personal stories will be shared through the examination of primary source materials. Objects are used as a ‘point of departure’ for a discussion where students are encouraged ask questions and to reach conclusions.

This session will cover:

  • the political forces that lead to the invasion of Gallipoli and New Zealand's place in the campaign
  • the New Zealand soldier prior to invasion, patriotism duty and the big adventure
  • the wait is over, the events and days leading up to the landing at Anzac Cove
  • the New Zealand solider at Gallipoli
  • the campaign and evacuation; New Zealand's contribution
  • personal stories
  • key events
  • evacuation and the aftermath.