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“It’ll be over by Christmas”: World War 1914-1918 

The field of Passchendaele by Paul Nash. An exhibition from Sir George Grey Special Collections depicting New Zealand’s contribution to the First World War, both at the front and at home.

This selection of books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and ephemera produced between 1914 and 1918 demonstrates what New Zealanders were reading and and how they saw the world - and the war - during this time. 

Among the items are a programme of the first ANZAC service in 1916, rare campaign maps of the Gallipoli Peninsula and letters written by soldiers from the front. 

This exhibition was planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and is part of ongoing commemorations at Auckland Libraries.

Visit WW100, the web portal for First World War commemorations in New Zealand.  


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Pictured: The field of Passchendaele by Paul Nash. From: British artists at the front. Country Life, 1918.


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