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.
On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free community event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the public will be invited to bring along personal stories and artefacts relating to Cantabrians during World War I; specifically in the period leading up to the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. 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 gifting their material with any of the participating organisations or can arrange to lend it for digitising or display.
The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will provide the content for a community-based exhibition, opening in April 2015, which will tell the story of “Canterbury’s Road to Gallipoli” (title to be confirmed). The exhibition will then be adapted to a more localised format for touring around communities throughout Canterbury.
It is intended that this will be repeated in the period leading up to the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 2017, and again to mark the Armistice and Peace celebrations in 2018. At the conclusion of the WWI Centenary commemorations, the stories will be archived to serve as a permanent memorial to the people of Canterbury who experienced the First World War.
Do you have a story to contribute to the Canterbury 100 project?
We are looking for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts relating to Cantabrians in World War One, from soldiers and nurses on the front line to the men, women and children who remained on the “Home Front” in New Zealand.
Organisations supporting Canterbury 100:
- Air Force Museum of New Zealand
- Canterbury Museum
- Christchurch City Libraries
- South Canterbury Museum
- Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu
- University of Canterbury
- New Zealand Micrographic Services
For information about other inititives around the country see ww100.govt.nz.