NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY2014-2019

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When:

Mon 18 Dec 2017, 8:30am–5:00pm
Tue 19 Dec 2017, 8:30am–5:00pm
Wed 20 Dec 2017, 8:30am–5:00pm
Thu 21 Dec 2017, 8:30am–5:00pm
Fri 22 Dec 2017, 8:30am–5:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

This newly opened exhibition looks at the experience of Passchendaele from the perspective of New Zealand soldiers who took part, including Jesse Stayte, Peter Howden and Leonard Hart, and draws on the letters and diaries they wrote, held by the Alexander Turnbull Library.

"...we have done our stunt and I can tell you old girl, it has not been a very pleasant time... You’ll have seen by the papers that old Fritz gave us a pretty hot time..." - Peter Howden to Rhoda Howden, 14 October 1917

On the morning of 12 October 1917, New Zealand troops serving with the ANZAC Corps advanced towards the German lines in atrocious conditions of rain, mud, and among the dead and wounded British soldiers left stranded after an attack three days earlier.

"...We went up the line on a working party and I saw some pitiful sights, dozens of our men (Rifle Brigade) were coming back wounded and the track for two miles was sprinkled with blood..." - Jesse Stayte's diary, 14 October 1917

The exhibition is in the Turnbull Room on the Ground Floor of the National Library of New Zealand.

Image: Shell burst at No 6 Track, Passchendaele, 1917. Ref: PAColl-2667-013 (detail). Alexander Turnbull Library.

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