Recovery: Women's Overseas Service in WW1

All welcome to attend the launch of this new exhibition and publication at 5pm on 24 March 2017. There will be a re-enactment, WW1 inspired food and floor talk as part of the launch.

Making visible the work that New Zealand women undertook overseas during World War One (WW1) is what this exhibition is about. I wanted to recover a range of New Zealand women’s work outside of New Zealand during WW1 as well as the research I undertook to recover their stories.

The women featured have connections to the East Coast. Between 1915 and 1919 they served with the armed services or as volunteers with 12 different service organisations within war zones in Turkey, Egypt, France, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Palestine, East Africa as well as in England. Many were highly decorated. All who served had their lives changed forever.

That so many women and men from the East Coast served overseas in WW1 is remarkable for the relatively small population at the time. The exhibition documents their bravery and self–sacrifice as well as their everyday work often interspersed with discomfort, danger and destruction. Wherever possible, their own words are used to describe their experiences of war. A number of descendants of the women have been involved.

Because only a sample of the women could be included in the exhibition I have written a 172 page illustrated book providing further detail plus annotated profiles of other women from the East Coast who served overseas in WW1.

This exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Tairāwhiti Museum, the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), The Gisborne Herald and the Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti (NAMOT).

Kay Morris Matthews.
The publication will be available at the museum from 24 March onwards, retail price $35.00.

Restrictions: All Ages


Fri 24 Mar, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Sat 25 Mar, 10:00am-4:00pm
Sun 26 Mar, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Mon 27 Mar, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tue 28 Mar, 10:00am-4:00pm
Wed 29 Mar, 10:00am-4:00pm
Thu 30 Mar, 10:00am-4:00pm
Fri 31 Mar, 10:00am-4:00pm
Sat 01 Apr, 10:00am-4:00pm
Sun 02 Apr, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Mon 03 Apr, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tue 04 Apr, 10:00am-4:00pm
Wed 05 Apr, 10:00am-4:00pm
Thu 06 Apr, 10:00am-4:00pm
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