Home Front - Experiences of the First World War in New Zealand
Focusing on life 'at home' during the First World War, the Home Front exhibition will explore how events half a world away shaped lives at home. This is the third in a series of WWI Centenary commemorative exhibitions.
The experience of loss was almost universal for those who remained in New Zealand during WWI. Uncertainty pervaded everything. Would sons, husbands, fathers, brothers live through the ordeal, or come home seriously injured? When would the war end? Could families make ends meet until the breadwinner returned?
Patriotic and fundraising organisations channelled their energies into supporting New Zealand servicemen. But not everyone supported the war effort. While some communities pulled together, others were pulled apart by differences of opinion.
As the war dragged on, a shortage of recruits led to the introduction of national conscription. Read more
In August 1914, New Zealand readied itself for war. Men were mobilised for the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. The home front also mobilised - traditional domestic tasks such as knitting and sewing were suddenly seen as essential wartime work.Read more
As the wife of the local doctor, Mrs Alice Mickle knew many of the 'Birkenhead boys' who left for the First World War. She collected their photos and letters in an album, captioning each one with details about the individual’s service.Read more
This flag was made to raise funds for the Soldiers' Queen in the Auckland Patriotic Queen Carnival.Read more
WANTED: 1000 KNITTED PEGGY SQUARES BY 18 JUN
Get your needles clicking and join Sarah from Sew Love to put together a peggy-square blanket to be donated to Auckland City Mission.Read more