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Grave of Sapper Robert Arthur Hislop

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Grave of Sapper Robert Arthur Hislop

Robert Arthur Hislop is considered to be the first New Zealand casualty of World War I. At the age of 21, he died from critical injuries occurring from a fall off the Parnell rail bridge on the evening of the 13th of August, 1914. This was eight days after New Zealand supported Britain and declared war against the German Empire.  Six days later, he sadly passed away (Stone, 2014).

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From the Archives - Huia Mackrell's WW1 Photograph Album

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From the Archives - Huia Mackrell's WW1 Photograph Album

Huia Heslop Mackrell (1893-1958) was an engineer, working as foreman and Clerk of Works for council and private businesses in Palmerston North, Wellington and Napier/Hastings. He worked for the Palmerston North City Council from 1936-1946. He served in the Armed Forces overseas in World War One and World War Two. His papers were donated to the Ian Matheson City Archives in 2002 and other digitised material from his archive has been added to this website already.

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From the Archives - Lieutenant Arthur Batchelar in Egypt

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From the Archives - Lieutenant Arthur Batchelar in Egypt

War photographs from Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Batchelar (c 1877-1964). A portion of his personal archives was donated to the Ian Matheson City Archives, including a great deal of items to interest WWI historians, such as photographs, postcards, war magazines, papers and memorabilia. The archive also contains material from before and after the war. The material that relates to WWI has been digitised and will be continually added to his gallery. 

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Craven School for Girls - "The Cup" in aid of the Sick and Wounded Soldiers Fund

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Craven School for Girls - "The Cup" in aid of the Sick and Wounded Soldiers Fund

The reviews for the show were very positive (see below) and a total of £46 10 s (over $6500 in today's money). The script for "The Cup" and several of the musical numbers were written by Miss W Fraser, one of the head mistresses at the school. It was about a statue (played by Mr Stephens) that comes to life in a girls school - no other performances of this play could be found in the newspapers of the time.

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Trench Periscope

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Trench Periscope

Periscopes like these were produced in World War I so soldiers could view out of trenches without having to put their heads over the parapets and risk being shot.

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