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Farewelling troops in Wellington

This rare film records a civic ceremony...

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Bright blades flickering into straw-filled sacks

As part of their full 16-week training ...

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Dogs of war - the ‘Aucklands’ on parade

After six weeks in training camp, the Auckla...

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An army marches on its stomach

Raising the main body of the NZEF was a...

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A sea of faces say goodbye in Dunedin

Tahuna Park in Dunedin was the initial ...

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Dust in our ears, eyes, mouth, nose and everywhere

In late 1914 the New Zealand and Austra...

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The Anzac convoy departs from Albany

The Main Body of the NZ Expeditionary For...

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Wrestling on deck

This film was made during the New Zealand&nb...

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Tea for two, and an unknown soldier

In the war years, home movie-making in New&n...

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Readying the Samoan Expeditionary Force

When war was declared in August 1914, N...

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From Queen Street to the front

Although the details are uncertain, this bri...

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Haka in the Sand / He Haka He Onepu

The First Māori Contingent are seen in Egypt...

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Heroes of Gallipoli

Heroes of Gallipoli contains t...

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Household pets join the forces

Ena Ryan of Wellington was a young girl ...

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Good to Go / E pai ana, Ka haere

The Second Māori Contingent is shown pa...

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Swimming with Birdie at Gallipoli

As the weather warmed up on Gallipoli d...

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Treating Gallipoli’s wounded – Dr Agnes Bennett

The Australian-born and New Zealand-bas...

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'Soldier sentry of the foam'

After taking part in major naval battles at ...

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Teenage soldiers and a boat full of blood

Seventeen-year-old Daniel Patrick (Pat) Lloy...

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Australia’s submarine at Gallipoli

In the early hours of 25 April 1915, Ro...

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The First Anzac at Gallipoli

Britain’s Royal Navy was in charge of l...

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The Daisy Patch

Joseph Gasparich was a gumdigger and sc...

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“What about a drop of water, Digger?”

Water shortages were a constant problem...

Burying the dead
"War is lunacy": The burial armistice

On 24 May 1915, both sides on Gallipoli agre...

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The last month I was there, I never wore trousers

The Anzac troops on Gallipoli faced man...

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No bayonet needed / E hara te pēneti i mau

Captain Pirimi Tahiwi of Te Hokowhitu a Tū, ...

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Seasick men and horses

Twenty-three-year-old Auckland telegraphist ...

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The rush to enlist

Leonard Leary was a law student at Vict...

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Poor old soldiers, both two-legged and four-legged

Horses were among the unsung heroes of ...

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“All my mates ever got were wooden crosses”

Corporal Cyril Bassett was the only New...

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Ex-pat Kiwis march in the London Lord Mayor’s Show

In November 1914 the annual London Lord ...

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Training at Trentham

The New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZ...

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New Zealand soldiers recover from battle wounds

After being wounded in battle, many Anz...

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Māori and Pacific Islanders march to war

On Saturday 5 February 1916, the 3rd Mā...

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Trentham Military Training Camp

This film shows a panoramic view of Trentham...

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The walking wounded return home

New Zealand soldiers board a ship. It m...

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A narrow escape at Lone Pine

This eyewitness account by a Gallipoli ...

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Getting the message through at Chunuk Bair

Lance Corporal Cyril Bassett, an Auckla...

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“Every one of those lads was lying dead”

Dunedin-born Charles Duke was working in Aus...

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Wounded at Chunuk Bair

The battle for Chunuk Bair was one of the bl...

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Machine gunners at Chunuk Bair

Leonard Leary was an ammunition handler...

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Gallipoli’s wounded return to Wellington

On 15 July 1915 the transport ship Will...

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“We left a lot of booby traps behind…”

From 18 to 20 December 1915, the Allies retr...

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Maggots and brandy – evacuating wounded men

Facilities for evacuating and treating men w...

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Battle in the Blizzard

In late 1915, towards the end of the Ga...

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Diggers in the tunnels of Quinn’s Post

The underground war at Gallipoli was fought&...

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"The toughest part of the war was lack of sleep"

Coupled with the lack of shelter or wat...

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Leaving Gallipoli

From 18 to 20 December 1915, the Allies retr...

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"Shine, Sir?" Kiwi Boot Polish advertisment

In this groundbreaking early cinema ad,...

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The Empire’s Troops

Nearly three million troops from the colonie...

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“The horrible smell of burnt flesh”

Wellington-born William Fell was a 19-year-o...

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‘Great soldiers, good fellows’

The Victoria College Officers’ Training Corp...

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Starting the New Zealand RSA

Many men who had been invalided back to New ...

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First day on the Somme for Kiwis and tanks

On the 15th of September 1916, the New ...

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A dead teenager and life on the Somme

Like many young men, New Zealander Jim ...

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Steeds and shellfire on the Western Front

The horses that were sent to the Wester...

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Going ‘over the top’ at Messines by John A. Lee

On 7th June 1917, New Zealand Labour politi...