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Voices of World War 1

Voices of World War 1

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  • Wed 7 Nov ’18, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Wed 14 Nov ’18, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Wed 21 Nov ’18, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Wed 28 Nov ’18, 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Canterbury Workers' Educational Association, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch


All Ages


CWEA Website

Starts 7 November, 1 – 2.30 pm, 4 Wednesdays, $26
This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. Join some of Canterbury's prominent historians as they show us people’s experiences from some quite different perspectives.

7 Nov We Were Called Angels: The New Zealand Nurses of the 1st World War:
Until recently, the remarkable and courageous New Zealand nurses who served overseas in the First World War have not always received the recognition they deserve. In many theatres of war, they worked with skill and compassion in often appalling and dangerous conditions. Anna Rogers tells something of their compelling story.

14 Nov The Impact of WWI on Canterbury’s Conscientious Objectors
What was it like to be a conscientious objector imprisoned in New Zealand during World War I? Find out what happened to some of Canterbury's religious COs both during the war and after the fighting was over. Margaret Lovell-Smith, a local historian and former Co-ordinator of the Canterbury WEA, is the Lead Researcher for the 'Voices Against War' project which in 2016 launched the website: voicesagainstwar.nz

21 Nov Poets and Artists of WW1
This session will be made up of a collation of visual images and excerpts from poetry written during and after World War 1. By cross referencing the visual and the written, the aim is to bring the first person experience of soldiers serving on the Western Front as close to us as possible, a hundred years after the event.

Linda Hart is an experienced Art Historian and Literary lover.

28 Nov The Canterbury Labour Movement and WW1
Experienced historian Dan Bartlett will discuss the Labour Movement's opposition to pre-war compulsory military training and wartime conscription, focussing on a few individuals and their families in particular (Fred Cooke, Ted Howard, and George Samms amongst others).

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