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BerichtGeplaatst: 29 Aug 2013 11:14    Onderwerp: NZ World War One experience at the touch of a button Reageer met quote

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Published By Live News / August 29, 2013 /

Source: New Zealand Government – Press Release/Statement:
Headline: World War One experience at the touch of a button


Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain announced today that priceless World War One collections at Archives New Zealand and the National Library are being made available online to all New Zealanders.

“The diaries, personnel files, photos, voices and music of those in World War One will now be available to anyone at the touch of a button,” says Mr Tremain.

“This huge resource will particularly allow young people, through the National Library’s Services to Schools programme, to gain a much better understanding of events which took place 100 years ago.”

Projects announced today by the Minister include:
•Archives New Zealand is publishing online the regimental diaries and personnel file of every one of the men and women who served in the First World War, for whom 160,740 New Zealand Defence Force records exist;

•The Alexander Turnbull Library is digitising and making available online some 28,000 pages from soldiers’ diaries and private letters;

•Seventy hours of oral history from First World War veterans is being made available on request at the Alexander Turnbull Library reading rooms in Wellington;

•War-time editions of newspapers are being digitised and added to the popular Papers Past website, including the big dailies like the NZ Herald, Dominion and The Press but also the wartime news of many regional centres;

•War-era photographs from the Turnbull’s huge collection are being made available online, including those by the official NZ war photographers and those from the New Zealand Flying School at Kohimarama;

•Digitisation of First World War-era sheet music from the Turnbull’s published music collection;

•Content from Archives NZ, the Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Library is contributing to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s Life 100 Years Ago website and Twitter feed.

“These projects are part of the Governments WW100 programme to mark the First World War Centenary which aims to help New Zealanders to understand how our military heritage has shaped our identity,” says Mr Tremain.

“Once again the Department of Internal Affairs is leading the charge in making important data available online so more New Zealanders can have access to it.”


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BerichtGeplaatst: 29 Aug 2013 22:59    Onderwerp: Giving voice to thousands of dead soldiers Reageer met quote

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Giving voice to thousands of dead soldiers

The diaries, photographs and records of thousands of New Zealand soldiers are being placed online to mark the centenary of World War I.

"Now we can all see what it was really like to experience such a watershed moment in our history," Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain said today.

"There is something for everyone, and it will be a great resource for schools."

Family members of two World War I soldiers were present as a suite of digital projects were outlined, some new and some ongoing.

Dr Judy Malone, was the widow of Ted Malone - the grandson of Lieutenant Colonel William Malone who commanded the Wellington Battalion at Gallipoli - said it was "marvellous" to see his records and diary recorded preserved online.

Malone was 56 when he was killed at the Battle of Chunuk Bair in Gallipoli in August 1915.

"He was very much older than the other battalion commanders," Dr Malone said.

"He didn't have to go to war of course, but he had this passionate interest in it. He was also extremely competent. So when he offered his services the Government jumped at it."

Dr Malone said the records and diary didn't belong just to the family, but to the people of New Zealand.

Henrietta Bollinger, great-great niece of George Wallace Bollinger, who was killed in 1917 on his second tour of duty, held his war diary today for the first time.

A Gallipoli veteran, Bollinger had returned to the war to quieten rumours of his supposed German sympathies.

"I have a copy of a typed out transcript, but that was the first time I had actually seen the artifact, which was pretty phenomenal for me," she said.

"It really hammered home that this is a person.

"It's quite a captivating story really, a young man goes off to war, then his own identity really causes his death."

Archivist David Knight said it was an honour to work with the records.

"It's the reason I became an archivist," he said.

"It's amazing to be able to touch history every day."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/national/9102041/Giving-voice-to-thousands-of-dead-soldiers-WWI-memorabilia-to-go-online
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