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Talks: Women’s Service in World War I


Fri 13 Oct 2017, 11:00am–12:30pm

Where: Wellington Railway Station, Bunny St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $17.50
  • Child (4–14 years): $10.00
  • Concession (Student ID, SuperGold Card): $12.50
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: tepapaevents

Come to two talks about New Zealand women’s substantial contributions during the First World War, and explore the Passchendaele memorial locomotive.

The talks take place inside a vintage steam train attached to the Ab608 Passchendaele – on display at Wellington Railway Station for a limited time. You’re also invited to explore the locomotive and carriages 10am–3pm, and chat with Steam Incorporated volunteers.

This event is presented as part of Te Papa’s centennial commemoration of World War I’s Battle of Passchendaele.

11am–11.30am: Nursing on the Battlefront
History curator Kirstie Ross (Te Papa) shares the amazing stories of three courageous and compassionate New Zealand nurses during World War I.

12pm–12.30pm: A Belgian Medal for New Zealand Women
Historian Imelda Bargas (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) speaks on women who received Belgium’s Médaille de la Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elisabeth Medal). It was awarded to 33 women who fundraised and sent clothing and comforts from New Zealand to those in need in Belgium in World War I.

The Battle of Passchendaele

For the first time in our brief history as an army the New Zealanders failed in their objective with the most appalling slaughter I have ever seen. - Private Leonard Hart

This October, New Zealand commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, New Zealand’s bloodiest battle. In one morning, over 600 New Zealanders lost their lives on Belgian soil. Over the period of the battle, it is estimated over 2000 New Zealanders were killed.

Passchendaele Commemorations

These talks are part of a series of Passchendaele commemorative events, from talks to family activities, at Te Papa and other venues this October.

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