As part of the WW100 centennial commemorations, the North Otago Museum presents From little towns in a far land. The title of the exhibition comes from a Rudyard Kipling poem which is inscribed on the First World War memorial in Thames Street, Oamaru.
From little towns in a far land focuses on the stories behind the names and service numbers. On display are objects and documents from the North Otago Museum and the Waitaki District Archive collections, including original letters, diaries, uniforms and other memorabilia.
North Otago Museum Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Chloe Searle says, ‘It has been a privilege to work on this exhibition. Through reading the diaries, letters and service records of local people I have learnt about some of the ways World War One impacted on Waitaki locals. I hope visitors gain a better understanding of these personal experiences.’
This exhibition tells the familiar stories of Donald Forrester Brown VC and Isabel Clark alongside less well known stories of bravery, strength and loss. The items on display will change throughout the exhibition to allow more objects to be seen by the public.
‘Discover how people of the Waitaki District experienced the First World War as individuals. Learn about who was eligible to enlist and your odds of surviving as a New Zealand soldier. The exhibition also allows you to research your own ANZAC connections online.’
The exhibition opens on 4 December and runs until the end of April 2015.