Culture Waitaki Blog
The collaborative blog of Culture Waitaki, featuring thoughts and ideas from the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum, Waitaki District Libraries and Waitaki District Archive.
Water bottles were an important piece of kit for the soldiers.
Of all the items in the North Otago Museum and the Waitaki District Archive connected with the First World War, I find this one the most moving.
This cloth is a souvenir of Egypt from World War One. A soldier sent it back to New Zealand as a Christmas present 99 years ago.
Mary received many postcards during the First World War. The Waitaki District Archive holds 43 cards that were sent to her.
After more than 30 years and hundreds of thousands of visitors the Forrester Gallery street level space and stairway are to receive a well-earned facelift in keeping with the heritage value of the Category 1 listed, RA Lawson designed building.