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Going Underground: Tunnellers of WWI


Fri 27 Oct 2017, 9:00am–4:30pm
Sat 28 Oct 2017, 9:00am–4:30pm
Sun 29 Oct 2017, 9:00am–4:30pm
Mon 30 Oct 2017, 9:00am–4:30pm
Tue 31 Oct 2017, 9:00am–4:30pm

Where: National Army Museum, 1 Hassett Dr, SH1, Waiouru, Tongariro

Restrictions: All Ages

This photographic exhibition by Brett Killington explores the tunnels under Arras in France, shedding light on the lives of the Kiwi tunnellers who laboured and fought there during WWI.

Killington has worked closely with the French government to gain access to many of the quarries and tunnels not seen by the general public and his photographs reveal a subterranean ‘New Zealand’ in the form of street and place names, graffiti and objects left behind by the New Zealand tunnellers.

The exhibition will be complemented by miniature model displays and artefacts from the National Army Museum's own collection.

"...after spending years of visiting the site, it has become a very sacred space to me. I have slowly built up a strong knowledge of the space and events. Through this, I have developed such a great pride in the men that came here. As a New Zealander it began as being mainly about the tunnellers.

"However, it has become much bigger than that. These images record the great sacrifice made by men/boys, and of everyone involved on both sides of the front line, including the Germans. I have found a purpose for my skill that allows me to create an important archive that will tell this story for years to come. It gives a voice to those now silent and gone.

"I see this as a starting point for me to work on documenting different conflicts that New Zealand has been involved with. It has become my vocation.” - Brett Killington, photographer