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Penny trail
Penny trails and white feathers

During WW1, those at home were encourag...

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E pari ra / The tide surges

In this sound clip Tānga Tomoana descri...

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King George V inspects HMS New Zealand

The battleship HMS New Zealand was a g...

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Tea for two, and an unknown soldier

In the war years, home movie-making in New&n...

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Readying the Samoan Expeditionary Force

When war was declared in August 1914, N...

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Dogs of war - the ‘Aucklands’ on parade

After six weeks in training camp, the Auckla...

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Turning boys into soldiers

Compulsory military training was establ...

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From Queen Street to the front

Although the details are uncertain, this bri...

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'Soldier sentry of the foam'

After taking part in major naval battles at ...

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The rush to enlist

Leonard Leary was a law student at Vict...

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Poor old soldiers, both two-legged and four-legged

Horses were among the unsung heroes of ...

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Fashion on the field, 1912

“To-day is Taranaki Cup day – the sport...

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“Jimmys and Nellies”, 1912

In the years around the First World War...

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Auckland Cup, 1912

In 1912 Ellerslie was still a young suburb o...

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Flower power

It was the most spectacular parade that...

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Verdun Buns – a Red Cross cookbook

Ena Ryan was born in the prosperous Wel...

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Mrs Barnard’s gingernuts

Six of Helena Barnard’s eight sons went...

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Household pets join the forces

Ena Ryan of Wellington was a young girl ...

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HMS New Zealand arrives in Auckland

When HMS New Zealand visited the Ci...

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HMS New Zealand anchored at Dunedin

In 1913 the brand-new HMS New Zealand ste...

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Schoolgirl life and love during the war

There was a sharp divide between rich and po...

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War Fever

At the outbreak of the war, a commonly expre...

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Farewelling troops in Wellington

This rare film records a civic ceremony...

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Bright blades flickering into straw-filled sacks

As part of their full 16-week training ...

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An army marches on its stomach

Raising the main body of the NZEF was a...

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A sea of faces say goodbye in Dunedin

Tahuna Park in Dunedin was the initial ...

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Training at Trentham

The New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZ...

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Māori and Pacific Islanders march to war

On Saturday 5 February 1916, the 3rd Mā...

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Trentham Military Training Camp

This film shows a panoramic view of Trentham...

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Gallipoli’s wounded return to Wellington

On 15 July 1915 the transport ship Will...

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"The first gamble in human life"

In 1916 the New Zealand Government intr...

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The declaration of war

Ena Ryan was born in the upper-middle c...

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‘Great soldiers, good fellows’

The Victoria College Officers’ Training Corp...

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Starting the New Zealand RSA

Many men who had been invalided back to New ...

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Pacifism on the home front

In this excerpt, Millicent Baxter recalls he...

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A matter of principle

Duncan McCormack was a working-class sociali...

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The martyrs of Ripa

This 1980 ‘Spectrum’ radio documentary&nb...

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Projectionists, orchestras & silent films

Harry Kennedy was a long-time picture t...

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Short films, audiences and nitrate fires

Harry Kennedy was a long-time picture t...

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The sound of the silents

Although there were no sound tracks rec...

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Dunedin’s movie-maker: Henry Gore and his staff

This photograph shows Henry Gore, a pro...

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Spruiking the pics

Cinema managers pulled out every trick ...

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Bringing the audience into the picture

The experience of the cinema-going publ...

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Photos after the first conscription ballot

Shot on 16 November 1916, the day of th...