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Beca Heritage Week 2018 Short talks at the Museum - 'It takes courage'

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Join us on Saturday 13 October 2018, between 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm as we share stories of victory and loss through objects from our collections, as part of this year’s Beca Heritage Week. Learn about aspects of World War One and the impacts of the Armistice of 1918 on Canterbury’s airmen. We will also take a look at the varying roles in which women have served in the New Zealand Armed Forces.

This series of free short talks will explore how New Zealanders have needed courage to endure loss in wartime, but also affect positive change for our serving men and women. If you would like to come along, please register your interest in the form below.

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Within the glass case: The Red Baron

Delve into the story and legend of German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, one of World War One’s deadliest fighter pilots. Simon Moody, Research Curator at the Air Force Museum, will speak about the fact and fiction surrounding a particular set of Fokker fragments.

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Strain of Service

Not all injuries sustained by WWI service personnel were physical. The stories of Fred Horrell and Herbert Walden demonstrate how the ‘strain of service’ took its toll on mental health too. Follow their experiences as Murray McGuigan from the Air Force Museum Collections Team explores this particular kind of wartime struggle.

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Hester Maclean was instrumental in the formation of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service in 1915, and led it during World War One.  Her nursing influence at home was just as remarkable. Beverley Rayna, Friend of the Nurses’ Memorial Chapel, will speak about the legacy of this indomitable nurse.

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More military women

New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote, but it was also one of the first to allow women to serve their country in combat roles. Join Louisa Hormann at the Air Force Museum Research Team, for a visual tour through the decades, examining the advertising used to recruit women into the Armed Services.

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“Dismal News”

Hear how New Zealand airmen around the world heard about the 11 November 1918 Armistice and what they thought about it. Simon Moody, Research Curator at the Air Force Museum, will discuss the reactions of young Kiwi airmen to the end of the Great War.

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