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New Zealand Official Photographs, World War 1914-1918


The first official photograph collection to document New Zealand’s involvement in war — the First World War.

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.

Archive Location

A New Zealand soldier washing his clothes at Chateau Segard near Dickebusch, late 1917.

A field gun captured by the New Zealand Divison on display in London, 1918.

Christchurch tunnel, Arras, France, built by the New Zealand Tunnelling Company, 4 December 1917.

Howitzer batteries in action against the German line at Spice Farm, 13 April 1918.

Massed troops at a New Zealand Division thanksgiving service, France, November 1918.

Members of the Pioneer Battalion perform a haka for Prime Minister William Massey and Sir Joseph Ward, 1918.

New Zealand Division troops marching past the gates of Buckingham Palace, London, May 1919.

New Zealand Services rugby team, France, 1918 or 1919.


Catalogue Record

Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington