WW100 – New Zealand’s First World War centenary commemorations

WW100The New Zealand Government ran WW100, a programme to mark the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2018. This page links to First World War content.

First World War resources

First World War resources
Our collection of First World War material including digital collection, photographs, and topics.

First World War memorials and monuments
Local memorials and monuments.

First World War service personnel
To mark the centenary of the First World War, the New Zealand Government launched WW100 which ran from 2014 to 2018. As part of this programme, staff of Christchurch City Libraries researched the lives of military service personnel who had links to their area. Explore the lives of soldiers, sailors, pilots, and nurses with connections to Christchurch who served in the First World War.

New Zealand and the First World War
Information from New Zealand History online.

Cenotaph database
Information on New Zealand service personnel from Auckland War Memorial Museum.

100chch on Twitter

Follow our tweets from @100chch to discover life and events 100 years ago in Christchurch and Canterbury.

Our tweets are derived from the following historical newspapers on Papers Past:

Cecil Malthus @malthus_letters writes to My own dear Hazel from April 1914 to his discharge in April 1917. See our page Cecil Malthus : World War I papers [letters, telegrams, documents].

Edward Herbert Aubrey kept a diary of his First World War experience from May 1917 to November 1917. @aubreydiary tweets come from his diary.

Canterbury 100

Canterbury 100 was a collaborative project, co–ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.

Canterbury WW100 activities

Here are some resources, events and activities in our region:


You can find the following images on postcards available in our libraries.

WWI gas mask and army uniform. One of the Pearce family wearing a WWI gas mask and army uniform at the Pearce family home Aikmans Road, Merivale about 1919. Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. CCL-PH13-Pearce07
Cover of City of Christchurch, N.Z. : peace celebrations, 1919
Cover of City of Christchurch, N.Z. : peace celebrations, 1919
William Brown
War letter and cards, 1915-1916, William Brown. CCL-C81167629-010
Heartiest greetings: card
Heartiest greetings. Card. CCL-C81167629-012
Tench collection. Hugh Mills, unknown, Ray Grubb. CCL-PC-05-14
Tench collection. Hugh Mills, unknown, Ray Grubb. CCL-PC-05-14
A Christmas Greeting - Postcard - front
A Christmas Greeting - Kia Ora. Postcard - front. Flickr PCOL-0091-0009-a
Aotearoa - Christmas Card - front
Aotearoa - Christmas Card - front 1917. Flickr PCOL-0091-0026-a
Overseas Club - Empire Day certificate
Overseas Club - Empire Day certificate Flickr CCL-PC-09-13

For more First World War commemoration collateral, our WW100 promotions archive includes banners, posters, and more.

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