WW1 exhibition to open

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An exhibition commemorating the centennial of WW1 will be on display at the North Otago Museum from Thursday next week.

From little towns in a far land, the name which comes from a Rudyard Kipling poem which is inscribed on the First World War memorial in Thames St, will be on display until the end of April 2015.

The exhibition focuses on the stories behind the names and service numbers.

On display are objects and documents from the North Otago Museum and the Waitaki District Archive collections, including more than 30 original letters, diaries, uniforms and other memorabilia.

North Otago Museum curator of collections and exhibitions Chloe Searle said it has been a privilege working on it.

“Through reading the diaries, letters and service records of local people I have learnt about some of the ways World War One impacted on Waitaki locals.

“I hope visitors gain a better understanding of these personal experiences.”

The exhibition tells the stories of Donald Forrester Brown VC and Isabel Clark alongside less well known stories of bravery, strength and loss.

The items on display will change throughout the exhibition to allow more objects to be seen by the public.

“Discover how people of the Waitaki District experienced the First World War as individuals,” she said.

“Learn about who was eligible to enlist and your odds of surviving as a New Zealand soldier.

“The exhibition also allows you to research your own ANZAC connections online.”

Most of the items are already on display and can be seen in the museum before the official opening.

A small opening will be held at the North Otago Museum on Thursday, December 4 at 11am.

COMMEMORATION: A poster for the exhibition which will be on display at the North Otago Museum.