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WWI photos revealed

From left to right: Greg Hynes, Erin Kimber, Associate Professor Katie Pickles and Dr David Monger

28 May 2012

UC summer scholarship recipient Greg Hynes (History) has created an online exhibition of the First World War showcasing over 200 photographs.

The exhibition, Imperial Legacies: Revealing the Victoria League’s First World War Images, was launched to support research into the Great War and investigated a collection of photographs donated to the Macmillan Brown Library by the Canterbury branch of the Victoria League of New Zealand.

Greg, under the joint supervision of the School of History’s Dr David Monger and Associate Professor Katie Pickles and Erin Kimber and Jeff Palmer of the Macmillan Brown Library, drew on sources from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to document the research process, the history of the collection and images of the British Empire at war.

“With the centenary of the First World War fast approaching, now is the perfect time to look back on Canterbury and New Zealand’s experience of the war,” Greg said.

“The photographs in the collection provide a fascinating insight into the front line experience of the First World War, in battles such as the Somme, and to the ways in which the people of New Zealand engaged with the war. The photographs also provide an interesting snapshot of the British Empire during the war with photographs of soldiers from around the empire."

Dr Monger said Greg's “outstanding work” demonstrated the resourcefulness and talents of UC’s students, the rich materials available at the Macmillan Brown Library and the great value of UC’s summer scholarships.

“The skills he developed during his summer scholarship have given him an excellent start to his postgraduate career, and the website he and the Library have developed will be of great interest to all who are interested in the First World War.”

Professor Katie Pickles said the website “demonstrates the excellent result made possible when student, archivist, librarian, web developer and academics collaborate.”

“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. UC is continuing its strong tradition of excellence in Imperial and Commonwealth history by producing solid, innovative, and internationally leading knowledge.” 

Greg completed a BA (Hons) in History last year and recently received a UC scholarship to undertake MA research in the School of History.


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