Sorry, this event’s been and gone


Tue 29 Aug 2017, 9:00am–5:00pm
Wed 30 Aug 2017, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 31 Aug 2017, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 1 Sep 2017, 9:00am–5:00pm
Mon 4 Sep 2017, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

A new exhibition displaying the work of renowned architect Samuel Hurst Seager as the designer of New Zealand’s First World War battlefield memorials opens in the Matariki Gallery at the University of Canterbury on 15 August 2017.

'Constructing Memory: Samuel Hurst Seager and New Zealand’s First World War Battlefield Memorials' showcases the keen vision of Christchurch architect Samuel Hurst Seager (1855–1933) who designed and oversaw the building of New Zealand's five First World War battlefield memorials in Turkey, France and Belgium.

Aged in his late sixties, Seager designed and oversaw the construction of the five memorials after the New Zealand government appointed him to the role in 1920. The stories behind how each of the memorials at Longueval, Le Quesnoy, Messines, Gravenstafel and Chunuk Bair came to serve as markers of New Zealanders’ deeds on the battlefields during the Great War are showcased for the first time.

The exhibition brings together Seager’s photographs, drawings, and archives from the collections of the University of Canterbury’s Department of Art History & Theory, the University of Canterbury’s Macmillan Brown Library, and Archives New Zealand.

The exhibition is part of the Illuminations and Commemorations Project, which focuses on Seager’s use of photography in his memorial designs and the impact of visual cultures of remembrance following the First World War.

‘Constructing Memory’ opened in the same week as the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele and features images of the memorial commemorating the Battle of Broodseinde, a key part of the Passchendaele campaign that took place on 4 October 1917, during which the New Zealand Division played a vital role.

For more information about the Illuminations and Commemorations Project see

How to get your Event listed

To have your Event appear on WW100 New Zealand Events, go to who supply the event listings for this site.

For New Zealand events overseas, contact

Powered by Powered by Eventfinda