WW100 First World War centenary

Private Flanton of the Māori Contingent, NZ (Māori) Pioneer Battalion. 1917. Sir George Grey Special Collections, 31-F3347.

The 100-year anniversary of New Zealand's participation in the First World War will be marked from 2014-2019 at Auckland Libraries.

The First World War (1914 - 1918) was one of the most significant events of the 20th century and had a deep and lingering impact on New Zealand society.

The First World War centenary will be commemorated at Auckland Libraries with a range of events, exhibitions and publications that will make accessing our heritage collections easier.

These collections include war-related resources such as books and CDs, microfiches, photographs, oral histories, manuscripts, maps and ephemera.    


Our boys, your stories: First World War website 

'Our boys, your stories' offers Kiwis the chance to share local history research related to the First World War.

The 'Our boys, your stories' site is designed to provide a portal to Auckland Libraries' existing WWI-related collections, Auckland Council Archives, and external resources such as the Cenotaph Database.  

The Our boys, our families research guide has been developed to help you use Auckland Libraries resources and archives to carry out research into people who had some part in the First World War.  


Online exhibitions


"It’ll be over by Christmas": World War 1914 - 1918  
This exhibition explores New Zealand’s contribution to the First World War, both on the front and at home. This digital exhibition includes a First World War timeline.

Coming home
An online exhibition illustrating the return of troops after WWI and the impact of war on New Zealand.


Heritage images

The Auckland Weekly News on Twitter
This Twitter account tweets century-old photographs from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News, which are held in the heritage collections at Auckland Libraries. 

Heritage Images
Search Heritage Images to find over 100,000 images from the photograph and map collections of Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

A selection of historical photographs and other images relating to South Auckland and the Counties-Manukau area.

Local history online 
Local History Online brings together the digital local history records originally held by the public library systems of North Shore City Council, Waitakere City Council and Rodney District Council.


'Official farewell' from the Auckland Weekly News.

Pictured: The official farewell to Auckland's volunteers. 1914. Sir George Grey Special Collections, AWNS-19141001-39-1.

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