Lest We Forget - Projections
One hundred years ago, on 16 October 1914, 10 troop ships left Wellington, carrying more than 8000 New Zealand soldiers – the main body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force that fought in the First World War.
To commemorate this date and the significant role played by the Capital and its residents, the public spaces of the city were used to bring the past into the present.
Occurred: 8–12pm, St James Theatre façade
Showing Wellington as it was during World War One; Homefront featured scenes of children leaping off the Eastbourne wharf, families and young men lounging on Lyall Bay beach, rugby and tennis games, and local industry hard at work. The footage of a “quiet, innocent, peaceful, colonial New Zealand” is juxtaposed with the ballots and posters calling for National Registration.
Berry & Co. Collection
Occurred: 8–10.30pm, 147 Cuba Street façade
The former premises of the Berry & Co. photography studio exhibited images of young men taken a century ago at the studio – some alone, some with their loved ones – before they set off for the front line. Since 2011, Te Papa has been working to identify more than 100 soldiers whose portraits were among glass plate negatives found at the historic Cuba Street building in the 1980s.
Occurred: 8–10.30pm, Shed 1 façade
Film footage and images of the 8,000 soldiers who left on the ships covered Shed 1 on the waterfront. The voices of veterans and letters from departing soldiers immersed passers-by in the stories of those who once stood on the same waterfront, preparing for the long voyage ahead.
Lest We Forget was curated by Wellington City Council in partnership with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (formerly the New Zealand Film Archive) and Te Papa. This project was made possible with their support and the contribution of the many images and hours of archival footage they contributed.
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