The War at Home

Cantabrians at home waged their own war and did what they could to support soldiers, nurses, their families and innocent civilians caught in the conflict.

In many respects the war at home was the women’s war. Mothers, wives and sisters did an enormous amount of fundraising and organised thousands of care packages for those serving overseas. People also expressed their views on the German enemy and their feelings about conscription.

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Waiting 'till the boys come home'

Ethel Martin was one of thousands of Cantabrians at home waiting for the return of their loved ones

A Mayoress's Work and a Mother's Grief

Jane Holland, wife of Christchurch Mayor Henry Holland, actively fundraised for the troops

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Hospital supplies being packed and sent to Egypt and England from the Nelson Red Cross Depot

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Interned in New Zealand

German naval officer Felix von Luckner was imprisoned on Ripapa Island in Lyttelton Harbour

Video: Conscientious Objector

Speaking out against the war effort could land you in jail

The Women's War

Women at home contributed enormously to the War effort

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.