Category: First World War

Passchendaele: The Forgotten Ball

12 October 1917 – Machine guns poked over the parapets and bayonets were at the ready. Soldiers in khaki approached tentatively, but this wasn’t a battlefield – it was a military-themed ballroom. This is the little-known story of a grand ball that was held in Wellington at the […]

Review: Jim’s Letters

Last month I was thrilled to receive a copy of Jim’s Letters, a new children’s book published by Penguin. They had approached me last year asking for permission to include images from my First World War postcard and postal history collection as elements within some of their illustrations. […]

WW1 Postcard: The Search for Trooper Harvey

As my regular readers will already be aware, among my collection of historical ephemera, military memorabilia and postal history are several albums of postcards sent by soldiers during the First World War. This year marks the centenary of the start of that conflict, so I’ll be sharing more […]

Flag Debate: The Silver Fern

Prime Minister John Key recently reignited the debate about New Zealand’s national flag.  The same old arguments for and against any change are already being trundled out and so I thought I’d add my two pence.  I’m not yet entirely convinced that change is needed at all, but […]

Onward: Portraits of the NZEF

The centenary of the First World War is rapidly approaching and it is exciting to see the many different ways that the ‘war to end all wars’ will be remembered.  Museum exhibitions, memorials, books, television shows, digitization projects, social media campaigns and much more.  Importantly, many of these […]