New Zealand official photographs, World War 1914-1918


NZ soldier doing laundry 1917Registration number
: 23


Year of registration: 2017


Owner: Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa
Location: National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
Image: New Zealand soldier washing his clothes France 1917

Further information: Alexander Turnbull Library

The official photographs are the most comprehensive visual record of New Zealanders at the Western Front during the First World War. The collection documents activities at Le Quesnoy, a French town captured by the New Zealand Division near the end of the war. Le Quesnoy now features streets named after New Zealand places, a New Zealand memorial and a primary school named after a New Zealand soldier. The photographs also capture the efforts of New Zealanders at major battles of the First World War, most notably the Somme and Passchendaele. These photographs of New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War are deeply evocative of these places of importance to New Zealand’s history.

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