Lives Changed

Everyone’s life was changed in some way by the War. With the loss of more than 18,000 lives, most New Zealanders knew someone who had died.

Thousands of returning soldiers suffered physical and mental injuries and their rehabilitation and reintegration into life at home posed challenges. Others put the War behind them and got on with their lives as best they could. As the country began settling in for peace, they had to face a new, devastating enemy – influenza.

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Nurse Sybilla Maude ran a central medicine depot in Cathedral Square during the 1918 influenza pandemic

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Ethel's Loss

Henry Nicholas died before receiving Ethel Martin’s last letter

Dorothy's Engagement

On 4 January 1918 Miss Dorothy Broad of Greymouth became engaged to Captain Thomas Wyville Leonard Rutherfurd.

From London to Leeston

Bert Gill put the War behind him when he came back to New Zealand

Adjusting to a New Reality

Less than a month before the War ended, a shrapnel wound to the head blinded Alfred Corey


Video: Black November

Between October and November 1918, a deadly influenza pandemic spread throughout New Zealand

Alfred and Elsie Corey

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This online exhibition is representative of Canterbury and World War One: Lives Lost Lives Changed, a temporary exhibition which ran from 30 November 2017 to 11 November 2018 at Canterbury Museum.