Discover and Share your First World War Stories

Discover and Share your First World War Storiesring in your Great War treasures and meet with experts from across the country who can identify them.

Visit the new Canterbury Stories exhibition and discover more about Canterbury’s part in the First World War. Tell us your family story and it could be added to the exhibition.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free public event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the Canterbury community will be invited to bring along their personal stories and artefacts relating to the First World War. Staff from each of the supporting institutions will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation. People can discuss the possibility of lending their material for digitising or display with any of the participating organisations.

The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will be used to provide the content for the “Canterbury Stories” exhibition hosted by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

The Canterbury 100 team are searching for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts from people in Canterbury relating to the First World War, to present in this regional exhibition.

Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co–ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.

Photo-hunt-Poster[1]Making Connections: Experience our past – present – future

Cantabrians are being asked to dust off their family albums, dig out any boxes of old snaps, and do their bit to preserve the region’s heritage.

Christchurch City Libraries’ annual Photo Hunt – is an opportunity to discover photo treasures that will reconnect Cantabrians to cherish, celebrate and commemorate our past.

The categories are:

  • People – families, cultural and social events.
  • Places – buildings, suburbs and the city.
  • Two views in time – 2 photos of the same scene, place or person at different time periods. Images can be from any era, depicting any facet of Christchurch’s growth, development, social life or events in the city’s past and present.

As well as helping to boost important historical records, entrants are in line for some great prizes – one of two iPad minis or a Kobo ereader.

Enter at your local library.

Entries can be submitted at any Christchurch City library.

Bring your photograph(s) to your local library, and complete the entry form. Images will be carefully scanned and returned.

They will be viewable online at Kete Christchurch, our community repository.

Entries open Monday 29 September 2014 and close 5pm 31 October. Winners announced on 28 November 2014.

Enter online

Download the entry form as a Word Document, and email the completed form and your photograph(s) to librarydigitalcontent@ccc.govt.nz.

 

Canterbury Stories: Remembering the First World War

Canterbury 100 opening

The Wizard of New Zealand, and members of the McCaw and Westenra families to the Canterbury Stories exhibition at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

As part of the Canterbury 100 collaborative project, a special exhibition titled “Canterbury Stories: Remembering the First World War” opened at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand on 12 September 2014.

“Canterbury Stories” will provide a Canterbury-focused insight into the First World War through the personal stories of those who experienced it – not only the soldiers and nurses on the front line but also the men, women and children who remained at home. Several well-known local celebrities have contributed their own family war stories to the exhibition, and these will be joined over time by many more personal accounts contributed by the people of Canterbury. It is intended that this exhibition will be refreshed and added to throughout the course of the First World War Centenary and will be adapted to a more localised format for touring around communities throughout the region.

“Canterbury Stories” aims to connect Cantabrians with their First World War heritage by allowing them to share their family’s wartime experiences through stories, photographs and objects. At the conclusion of the Centenary commemorations, these stories will be archived to serve as a permanent memorial.

Discover and Share your First World War Stories

Discover and Share your First World War Stories

Discover and Share your First World War Stories

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

Visit the new Canterbury Stories exhibition and discover more about Canterbury’s part in the First World War. Tell us your family story and it could be added to the exhibition.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free public event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the Canterbury community will be invited to bring along their personal stories and artefacts relating to the First World War. Staff from each of the supporting institutions will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation. People can discuss the possibility of lending their material for digitising or display with any of the participating organisations.

The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will be used to provide the content for the “Canterbury Stories” exhibition hosted by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

The Canterbury 100 team are searching for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts from people in Canterbury relating to the First World War, to present in this regional exhibition.

Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co–ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.

Heritage-Week-200x200Beca Heritage Week 2014 begins on the 17 October and runs through until the 27 October. The year’s theme is Making Connections – Experience our past-present-future.

Brochures can be picked up from any Council Library or Service Centre or downloaded from www.heritageweek.co.nz.

In 2014 anniversaries include

  • 200 years since John Robert Godley was born in Dublin
  • 150 years since the first council artesian well was drilled
  • 510 years since New Zealand’s first hansom cab arrives in the city
  • 150 years since the foundation stone was laid for the Anglican Cathedral
  • 125 years since Cave and Maori artefacts were discovered at Moncks Spur
  • 125 years since the first New Zealand built locomotive was completed at Addington railway workshops
  • 100 years since Riccarton Bush was presented to the city by the Deans family
  • 100 years since World War I began
  • 75 years since World War II began
  • 75 years since the official opening of City Council’s pensioner housing project in Barnett Avenue, Sydenham; the first local body
    pensioner housing in New Zealand
  • 50 years since the Lyttelton Road Tunnel opened
  • 25 years since Waitangi Tribunal Hearing of land claim by Ngāi Tahu closes at Tuahiwi Marae
  • 25 years since new Christchurch City Council established through amalgamation of previous councils

stmarks1The 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.

Sarah Murray ( Curator of Human History at the Canterbury Museum) will speak on “Remnants of War; legacies of World War One through the Collections of the Canterbury Museum”, Simon Moody ( Research Office at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand) will speak on “New Zealanders and the War in the Air 1914-18″, Warren Lidstone’s ( Head of History, Christ’s College) talk is entitled “Then and Now” Jane Teal ( Archivist Christ’s College) will speak about Anglican Chaplains.

Where: St Mark’s Hall Opawa Rd, entrance from Vincent Place

When: Thursday 2nd October 2014 7.00pm-9.15pm

Cost: Gold coin koha

Please email the parish office opawastmartins@clear.net.nz if you plan to attend, for catering purposes.

CANTERBURY HISTORY FOUNDATION – THE JIM GARDNER MEMORIAL LECTURE 2014.

Sunday 20 July at 2.30pm in Central Lecture Theatre C2 at the University of Canterbury (plenty of free parking)

Dr David Monger win speak on the subject:
‘Lies, Damned lies, and Propaganda: British state propaganda in the First World War.’

First World War propaganda has generally had a poor reputation. Lord Kitchener’s famous pointing finger is credited in many popular accounts with tricking a generation of young men into volunteering themselves for the futile slaughter and inept leadership of the war. Modern understandings of propaganda as a deceitful and manipulative weapon derive from the post-war backlash against the efforts of the First World War.     •

However, in the same way that historians have increasingly challenged received wisdoms about the conflict’s military history, this talk will show that such assumptions about British state propaganda provide a false and inadequate impression. Far from inspiring British enlistment, the ‘Kitchener’ poster was released after the first and largest rush of enlistment and it was-not one of the most regularly used posters. Propaganda served a multitude of purposes besides recruitment, and was presented in a variety of forms. Atrocities were a part of the story told by propagandists, but not the only thing discussed. And such issues matter because casual assumptions about the inaccuracy of all atrocity stories and the dishonesty of propagandists are used to assist other endeavours, such as the denial of the Armenian genocide.

David Monger is a Senior Lecturer in Modem European History at the University of Canterbury. He is an expert in the history of British official propaganda during the First World War. His book Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: the National War Aims Committee and civilian morale was first published in 201 2 and released in paperback in 2014. He is currently working on a project exploring British propaganda and the Armenian genocide.

RHODES MEDAL 2014

Before the lecture this year’s Rhodes Medal will be presented to Mr Roger Gilbert, President of the Ellesmere Historical Society, in recognition of his sterling efforts to preserve the historical heritage of this part of Canterbury.

A gold coin donation for the afternoon tea will be appreciated.

 

The Rangiora Museum in conjunction with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Rangiora High School Music Department – presents -

An Afternoon of Old Movies

These films include events in and around Rangiora from the 1930s to 2002.

  • A day in Rangiora 1950s by David King, then the Rangiora Borough Engineer.
  • Scenes from a 100 mile cycle road race through the Glen-Tui, Ashley and Waimakariri Gorges in 1939.
  • An early Rangiora A&P show.
  • Colour films of the Rangiora Centennial 1950.
  • Colour films of the wedding of Carol and Donald McKay, 1955.
  • The earliest film – Three Attempts to Get to Lake Sumner, 1930-32, was made by Rangiora inventor and garage owner Amos James Smith.
  • A very early sound film of the Kaiapoi Pa Centenary in 1931. This ceremony was attended by thousands of people, both Maori and pakeha. This excerpt is from a television programme made in 2009 and discusses the old Pa where the Pegasus subdivision is now.
  • A selection of early television commercials and Rangiora High School students competing in the 2002 Smoke Free Stage Challenge completes the programme.

Musical accompaniments by students of the Rangiora High School Music Department.

Selected pictures from the Silent movies

1.30 pm Sunday 29th June – Rangiora High School – School Hall, East Belt, Rangiora

ADMISSION: Adult $10. Child (Under 14) $5. Family $25.

Refreshments available

Tickets available from:

  • Enrapture Floral Design, Gables Arcade High Street, Rangiora-313 7751
  • Rangiora Museum (open Wednesday and Sunday from 1.30 to 4.00 pm) 310 7356

Silent-films-at-Rangiora

An Afternoon at the movies [PDF]

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