New Zealand’s First World War Heritage

The living history of the New Zealand home front in World War I is bought alive here with vivid text, words, photographs and maps showing military bases, internment camps, railway lines, brothels, uniform factories, docks, soldier settler farms, and much more including memorial buildings and trees.

New Zealand forts and defensive works are revealed and much can be seen and visited today. This book shows the enormous and continuing impact of the war from its beginning to beyond the armistice.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 242 x 184 mm | 288 Pages |

Imelda Bargas is a Senior Historian in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s History Group, having previously worked as a registration advisor at the then New Zealand Historic Places Trust. She has written extensively for NZHistory.net.nz, which she helps manage.

Tim Shoebridge is also a Senior Historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, having previously worked as a researcher and report writer at the Waitangi Tribunal. His publications include The Good Citizen (2009), Quarantine! (with Gavin McLean, 2010), and Featherston Military Training Camp and the First World War (2011).

No battles were fought here, yet the First World War intruded into the daily life of every New Zealander who remained at home. This ground-breaking book provides vivid new insights into their experiences through exploring the places where they lived, worked, coped and mourned: army camps, fortifications, soldier-settler farms, town halls, wharves, convalescent homes and hospitals, cemeteries and war memorials, dairy factories and woollen mills.

From Northland to Stewart Island, our landscape is signposted with thousands of poignant memorials, and behind the façades of old buildings, beneath scrub and behind farm fences lies a less visible landscape of war and hundreds of hidden stories waiting to be told: a soldier’s name carved on a remote railway station, a once bustling uniform factory in the heart of a city, a long abandoned gun battery …

This unique book will be a revelation to all New Zealanders. Extensively illustrated with new and period photographs and fascinating maps, it contains original research and information that will open the eyes of every reader to places and stories in their community hidden in plain sight. The impact of the First World War on New Zealanders was immense; its legacy can be seen all around us today.

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