Local World War 1 book launched

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Oamaru author Graeme Leather’s book The Home Front North Otago 1914-1918 was launched by Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher at the North Otago Museum on Tuesday.

The launch coincided with the commemorative service to remember New Zealand’s entry into World War 1.

Mr Leather said he was overwhelmed by the number of people who attended the event.

“I’m really pleased with the amount of support being shown here tonight by the North Otago public. It’s great to see a good response,” he said.

It took Mr Leather a few years to settle on a subject for a book, but once he came up with the topic, he knew straight away that many people would love to know more about what went on back then in North Otago.

“I took my time to think of the topic, because I love war history and knew that this topic would interest a few people,” Mr Leather said.

Mr Leather said a lot of hard work had gone into producing the book and many hours were spent at the library.

“The book is a joint effort from the people at the North Otago Museum and I will be giving them 50 per cent of the funds, because without them, the book wouldn’t have been published.”

Mr Leather hoped the book would help fill in the gaps some people had around what happened during World War 1.

Meanwhile, an exhibition on the Memorial Oaks is running at the Forrester Gallery until September 20. A World War 1 exhibition at the museum, From little towns in a far land, will run from September until March next year.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

THANKS: Graeme Leather signs copies of his book for Aileen King and Cheryl Newlands.