Heritage - WW100 Auckland

 

First World War centenary commemorations

WW100 Auckland, Auckland’s First World War (1914 - 1918) centenary commemorations, are part of a wider national programme, WW100 led by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

The joint announcement was made on Anzac Day 2014 by Mayor Len Brown and the Director of Auckland War Memorial Museum, Roy Clare.

Centenary commemorations will honour the service and sacrifice of those who fought, and also tell the stories of the great majority of people who remained at home.

Troops marching down Queen Street for departure to Trentham, Wellington, Auckland Weekly News, 28 October 1915.

Troops marching down Queen Street for departure to Trentham, Wellington, Auckland Weekly News, 28 October 1915. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19151028-45-3

Various groups and organisations around the country are already organising activities for the official centenary which will take place from 2014 to 2018.

A number of Auckland Council-led activities are already underway including:

  • restoration and upgrades to cenotaphs, war graves and memorials
  • the development of a regional First World War Heritage Trail
  • the development of a research guide to help Aucklanders find information about people in their communities who served and were affected by the First World War (Our Boys project).

Showing troops from Tonga who have arrived in Auckland for training during the first world war.

Showing troops from Tonga who have arrived in Auckland for training during the first world war, Auckland Weekly News, 28 October 1915. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19151028-46-6

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