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100 years ago New Zealand sent the first soldiers off to to fight in the First World War. A new exhibition launched at the Air Force Museum hopes to bring back life stories from what is now known as The Great War.

View the CTV News Canterbury Stories Air Force Museum story.

Commemorations to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War (1914-1918) have begun in Selwyn.

The first of 22 Gallipoli Oak trees was planted in Sheffield in August to remember the sacrifice of local soldiers.

Image: Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe and local Sheffield Primary School student Joshua Molloy (7) planting the first oak tree

Endurance was an inherent part of the First World War. The chapters in this collection explore the concept in New Zealand and Australia. Researchers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines address what it meant for New Zealanders and Australians to endure the First World War, and how the war endured through the Twentieth Century.

The 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.

Speakers are Sarah Murray ( Curator Human History at the Canterbury Museum) , Simon Moody ( Research Office at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand) , Warren Lidstone's ( Head of History, Christ's College) .

Thursday 2nd October 2014 7.00pm-9.15pm

People have been writing and talking about the First World War since its commencement 100 years ago. With a flood of new books, television programmes, exhibitions and other things already released or planned for the next few years, it is tempting to ask what else we can possibly find to say about one of the most discussed events of human history. In this panel discussion, Greg Hynes, David Monger and Sarah Murray will offer some examples of how the research community, including postgraduates, academics and museum professionals, is finding new ways to explore, understand and explain the events of the First World War.

Tuesday 9 September 2014 at 6:30pm
Arts Lecture Theatre A4, University of Canterbury.

The First World War has always loomed large in the memories and imaginations of New Zealanders, and its impact has been sharpened in this centenary year of its outbreak.

When: Saturday, 30 August 2014

Come along tomorrow to help commemorate the unveiling of a plaque to the horses and men of the 8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Riflesat the Phar Lap Racecourse, Timaru at 2pm.

16 August 2014

In conjunction with Tin Palace, Lyttelton Museum is pleased to present Service and Sacrifice, which is our first exhibition since our building was demolished in July 2011.

Exhibition 14 – 31 August 2014

Almost every town in Australasia and New Zealand has a memorial to those who died in the First World War, and these monuments are such a familiar part of our landscape that we sometimes fail to see them.

When: Sunday, 31 August 2.30pm

Anzac Day commemorations in Geraldine, April 25-26 2014.


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