FOR KING AND COUNTRY. NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST WORLD WAR ON FILM

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‘For King And Country’ covers Aotearoa New Zealand involvement in the First World War. The programme is presented thematically and shows excerpts from 38 films and a variety of still images from the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection and other archives in Aotearoa, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Some of the footage shows the NZEF soldiers in Egypt, Gallipoli, Europe and the Middle East. There are also rare glimpses of life at home, including the first conscription ballot, fundraising activities, and an intimate home movie. It finishes with activities surrounding the armistice in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the Māori contingent returning home, and the unveiling of the Messines Ridge memorial in Belgium in 1924.

Commentary presented by historian Dr Chris Pugsley and a contemporary soundtrack by Iain Gordon of Fat Freddy's Drop.

Excerpts scenes shown from the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection:
‘Sights In New Zealand’ (ref. F3005) (1905-1906).
‘Auckland’s Reception To The Battleship HMS New Zealand’ (ref. F10484) (1913).
‘[Trentham Army Camp Aerial View]’ (ref. F245690) (1915-1719).
‘New Zealanders For The Front: Official Farewell’ (ref. F1820) [1914-1915].
‘Life On New Zealand Troop Ships: Our Boys En Route To Egypt’ (ref. F8201) (1915).
‘With The New Zealand Expeditionary Force In The United Kingdom, Part 1’ (ref. F1001) (1917).
‘New Zealand Boys At Sling Camp. New Zealanders in England’ (ref. F17937) (1917).
‘Ballot At The Government Statistician’s Office’ (ref. F9351) (1916).
‘Personal Record. Hayward, R. [Wellington NZ October 1916]’ (ref. F27365) [1916].
‘The Surprise Packet Day In Wellington’ (ref. F7107) (1917).
‘Review Of New Zealand Troops By Hon. Walter Long’ (ref. F4330) (1917).
‘Work Of The New Zealand Medical Corps’ (ref. F4310) (1917).
‘Pathe Gazette No. 463A, New Zealand Hospital Walton-On-Thames And Oatland Park. New Zealand Hospital Brockenhurst’ (ref. F4338) (1918).
‘Wounded ANZACs With Trophies Of War On Their Way Back’ (ref. F232851) (1917).
‘New Zealand Divisional Rugby Team’ (ref. F4332) (1918).
‘[Hospital Farmyard]’ (ref. F245798) (1918).
Visit Of The Hon. W.F. Massey And Sir J. Ward To Western Front 30 June-2 July 1918’ (ref. F1068) (1918).
‘The New Zealand Field Artillery in France. New Zealand Rifle Brigade On The March’ (ref. F4340) [1917-1918].
‘New Zealanders In Cologne 2’ (ref. F245809) (1919).
‘Investiture By H.M. The King At Buckingham Palace And March Of Overseas Troops Through London’ (ref. F17841) (1919).
‘Pathe Gazette No.613, Torquay - ‘Good-bye Digger’’ (ref. F245647) (1919).
‘Pathe Gazette No. 535: Liverpool. Good-bye to ‘Blighty’ - [New Zealand Soldiers Leave England With Their Wives]’ (ref. F245796) (1919).
‘Australasian Gazette 451 [Excerpt] Māori Contingent Home’ (ref. F29570) (1919).
‘Peace Day Procession’ (ref. F3799) (1919).

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Year 2016

Reference number F315414

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Ngā taonga screening

Production company Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision

Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington

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