NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY2014-2019

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When:

Wed 22 Jul 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 23 Jul 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 24 Jul 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 25 Jul 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 26 Jul 2015, 1:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

In 2014 the Gisborne Quilting Group produced 14 small quilted samplers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. One of the submissions for the exhibition, by Deb Williams, is a quilted interpretation of George Edmund Butler’s painting of Bellevue Ridge, Passchendale in 1918. In her words, “his painting captures the devastated Belgian landscape in the aftermath of the great battle of 1917, where many New Zealand soldiers lost their lives.”

The submission from Christine Parkin, in contrast, holds a deeply personal memory of a family member who served in the war. Written on a card, held in a simplistic card holder on grey felting, are the words, ‘This card was sent by my great uncle Henry to his parents at Ormond from his camp in England before he was sent to France in 1917.’ Each of these creations offers up tactile memories of those who survived and those who did not.

Displayed alongside these commemorative samplers is a collection of First World War printed textiles from the museum’s collection.

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