Gallipoli: The scale of our war

Gallipoli: The scale of our war is an exhibition on at Te Papa focused on the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War.


The exhibition is told through real-life stories of eight New Zealanders – seven soldiers and one nurse. Each person tells a part of the eight month Gallipoli campaign.

The highlight of the exhibition are the large scale models of the eight featured New Zealanders. The models designed by Weta Workshop are 2.4 times human size. These figures took 24,000 hours to create, and they each weigh between 90kg and 150kg.

There is a short six-part series online, which is explores the behind the scenes process of creating this exhibition.

The exhibition, which cost $8 million to develop, also features other models, dioramas, interactive displays, and artefacts, such as uniforms, weapons, and personal diaries.

Gallipoli: the scale of our war is located on level 2 of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington. Exhibition is open daily 10am – 6pm until April 2019 and is free to visit.






Papakura Museum

Papakura Museum is a community run museum in the South Auckland suburb of Papakura.

Papakura Museum

Papakura Museum

The Museum is housed in the Museum and Library Building, which also houses Sir Edmund Hilary Library, a café and an educational services store. Pedestrian access is at 209 Great South Road. There is an undercover parking building at 28 East Street (street behind the museum).


Sculptures outside Papakura Museum

Sculpture art outside Papakura Museum

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4:30pm with a late night on Wednesday (open till 6pm). It is open Saturday 10am to 3pm. The museum is closed Sundays and public holidays.

Entry is free by donations are appreciated.

They currently have an exhibition As We Saw It: Letters to and from the Front, WWI, which features a collection of letters, diaries, postcards and official war documents from the First World War. The exhibition also includes photographs, personal memorabilia, and war uniforms.

The remainder of the museum explores Papakura’s local history including the town’s involvement in Māori Land Wars, World Wars, industry and local business.

Lieutenant C V Grant Jacket, WW I

Lieutenant C V Grant Jacket, WW I

WWI Medals

WWI Medals

Letter from 14-year-old Papakura Central School girl to Sergeant Lionel Lloyd James Grice

Letter from 14-year-old Papakura Central School girl to Sergeant Lionel Lloyd James Grice

Sulphur Lake Rotorua

Sulphur Lake is located at the southern end of Government Gardens.

Sulphur Lake

‘Anchor Peace’ by Jocelyn Pratt – Sulphur Lake

This artificial lake was created around 1908 to provide a tranquil setting for patients at the nearby Sanatorium Hospital and Bath House.

Over the years the pathways around the lake had become neglected, so in 2013 a project begun to clear the vegetation and establish new pathways. A new footbridge, the Memorial Bridge, was built using recycled materials from the footbridge that use to cross Utuhina Stream. The Memorial Bridge was dedicated at an official opening on 5 August 2014 to start Rotorua’s World War I centennial commemorations.

'Gallipoli' by Logan Okiwi Shipgood - Memorial Bridge

‘Gallipoli’ by Logan Okiwi Shipgood – Memorial Bridge

Currently there are 17 sculptures dotted around the lake as part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail. These sculptures were created for Rotorua’s first Sculpture Symposium, which was held from 29 November to 12 December 2014. The artworks are based on the theme ‘The Returning Soldier’, and are on display as part of WWI commemorations.

Sulphur Lake has a close connection in the recuperation and healing process for returned soldiers, who would walk the perimeter of the lake.

Sulphur Lake

Sulphur Lake

The sculptures are for sale. Any sculpture that is sold will be replaced with a similar piece of work by the artist. The works will stay on view until the next sculpture symposium in late 2016.

As part of the symposium judges selected Anna Korver’s piece ‘The White Mouse’, depicting New Zealand war heroine Nancy Wake, to win a $10,000 prize and be part of the Council’s permanent art collection. The Council also purchased a second piece ‘The Ghost Soldier’ by Rory McDougall. The Rotorua Energy Trust has purchased a further two pieces for the city ‘Forever Remembered’ by Paul Bottomley and ‘Tank Tramp’ by Jamie Pickernell. These four pieces will remain on display on the sculpture trail.

The sculpture symposium will be held every two years.

'The Ghost Soldier' by Rory McDougall

‘The Ghost Soldier’ by Rory McDougall

Tank Trap by Jamie Pickernell

Tank Trap by Jamie Pickernell

'See You Soon' by Rakei Kingi

‘See You Soon’ by Rakei Kingi


Victoria Bridge to Memorial Park

Victoria Bridge is a steel arch vehicle and pedestrian bridge that crosses the Waikato River connecting Hamilton Central with Hamilton East. The Bridge was first known as the Hamilton Road Bridge. It was later renamed Victoria Bridge but it is now more commonly known to locals as Bridge Street Bridge.

Victoria Bridge

Victoria Bridge

The bridge, which was completed in 1910, was built to replace the wooden Hamilton Union Bridge, which had become so rickety it was deemed unsafe.  The steel arch was manufactured by the Cleveland Bridge Company in the UK and shipped to New Zealand. The structure has a central span of 103.6 metres.

After crossing the bridge I turned left and took the steps down and followed the path along the Waikato River bank to Memorial Park.


Memorial Park is the site of the landing of the Pioneers Fourth Waikato Regiment in August 1864.  There is a plaque commemorating this on a brick wall in the park.

Tablet commemorating the landing of Pioneers Fourth Waikato Regiment

Tablet commemorating the landing of Pioneers Fourth Waikato Regiment

After the First World War the park was developed into a War Memorial Park. In 1920 the park was named Memorial Park. The park was later further developed to include a memorial to World War II. Later a roll of honour was added for those who tragically lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam.

On ANZAC Day each year the Hamilton RSA dawn parade and service is held at the Hamilton Cenotaph in Memorial Park.

Cenotaph, Memorial Park

Cenotaph, Memorial Park

'We will remember them'

‘We will remember them’

There are also monuments in the park dedicated to the armed services. There is a life-size replica of Spitfire MK XVI as a memorial to the New Zealanders who served in the Air Force during both World Wars.

A BL 5.5 inch Mk3 Artillery Gun is on permanent display dedicated to the Royal New Zealand Artillery Gunners, past and present.

The anchor from the HMNZS Waikato is displayed in the park. The ship was in service from September 1966 to July 1998. The anchor was presented to the City of Hamilton by the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Life-size replica of Spitfire  Mk XVI

Life-size replica of Spitfire Mk XVI

BL 5.5 inch MK3 Artillery Gun

BL 5.5 inch MK3 Artillery Gun

Anchor from HMNZS Waikato

Anchor from HMNZS Waikato

Auckland Central City Library

Auckland Central City Library is one of 55 library branches in the Auckland region. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the City Central Library was originally housed in Auckland Art Gallery building.


The public library was originally housed in the Auckland Art Gallery bulding

The public library, which opened in its Lorne Street premises in 1971, offers all the services that one would expect a library to offer – books, DVDs, newspapers, magazines, e-books, audio books, meeting rooms, computer facilities, research facilities, free Wi-Fi.

One service that many Aucklanders are unaware of is the excellent exhibitions put on by the Sir George Grey Special Collections. These exhibitions are free for residents and visitors to Auckland to enjoy. The exhibition room, which is located on level two of the library is open weekdays from 9am – 5pm, weekends 10am – 4pm. Please note the Sir George Grey Special Collections is closed on Sundays so access to staff and the wider Sir George Grey Collection will not be possible but visitors will still be able to visit the exhibit room.

The room hosts themed exhibitions with items from the Sir George Grey Collections. Currently until 12 October 2014, there is “It’ll be over by Christmas” World War 1914 – 1918: An Exhibition.

Anzac Day first anniversary programme, 25 April 1916

Anzac Day first anniversary programme, 25 April 1916

This exhibition, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and is part of the WW100 programme, depicts New Zealand’s involvement during the First World War, both at the front and at home.

The one room exhibition is divided into 15 display cases that includes books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and personal items from soldiers serving during the War.


Charles Hartley’s certificate of discharge, 1919

Souvenir programme for Grand Concert held in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund, 17 November 1914

Souvenir programme for Grand Concert held in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund, 17 November 1914


Essential Details:

World War 1914 – 1918: An exhibiton

“It’ll be over by Christmas”

Until 12 October, weekdays 9am – 5pm, weekends 10am – 4pm

Sir George Grey Special Collections, Level 2, Central City Libary


City Central Library

44-46 Lorne Street

Main library

Monday to Friday: 9am – 8pm

Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: 10am – 4pm