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Scroll down for our programme of events to commemorate World War One - The Home Front.

Thes images above and below depict the onset and end of World War One in New Zealand. The image top, is a postcard originally painted by John Douglas Perrett (1859-1937) of New Zealand, born Glasgow, Scotland. It is full of patriotic symbolism inspiring those at home to support the war in its early days. The postcard is held in Christchurch library.  The image below is a lithograph painted by an unknown artist in 1918 or 1919 of a soldier returning home at the end of war. It is held in the Alexander Turnbull Library Ref B-023-036. 

NZ Soldier returning home after war

World War One – The Home Front

Glenside Event Poster - The Home Front. Print for reference

Events at the historic Halfway House in Glenside during Heritage Week October 2018

First World War poetry readings - Wednesday 24 & Friday 26 October

Bring your favourite World War I poetry to read aloud or listen to our favourites.

Date: Wednesday 24 & Friday 26 October
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: Historic Halfway House, Glenside Reserve, 246 Middleton Rd, Glenside. Onsite parking.
No booking is required.
Contact: Gabby Lawson, Challenge 2000, Mobile: 0211318489.

Spinners and Knitters - Saturday 27 October

Traditional spinning and hand knitting by women of the Onslow Fibrecraft Guild and Tawa Fibrecrafts. Honouring the women and school children who knitted scarves and socks for the troops at war. Bring the kids along. Have a go at spinning and/or knitting. Handcrafts for sale. Free entry. Cup of tea and Anzac biscuit available (koha/donation to cover costs).

Date:      Saturday 27 October
Time:     10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Historic Halfway House, Glenside Reserve, 246 Middleton Rd, Glenside. Next to Twigland Gardeners World. Onsite parking.
No booking is required.
Contact: Esther van der Voorn 0277119501

A Peace Celebration - Sunday 28th October

Stories, song and drama about life on the home front during the War. Free entry. Old style children’s games. Bring your WWI memorabilia to “Show and tell”. First World War sing-along; Heritage Gardeners plant stall. Twigland Gardeners World - pot up an heirloom tomato. Historic house tours with koha/donation entry. Victoran style cards to buy. Food and drinks of the WWI era available to purchase. Visitors are encouraged to dress in period costume.

Date:      Sunday 28th October
Time:     10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Historic Halfway House, Glenside Reserve, 246 Middleton Rd, Glenside. No onsite parking.
No booking is required.
Contact: Claire Bibby, Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc. Mobile: 022 186 5714

Programme:
10:00 am Prayer and blessing.
Welcome from hosts Challenge 2000 and Glenside Progressive Assn. Inc.
Your WWI memorabilia - show and tell
- Boer War horse blanket
- Brass shell soldier craft
- Italian baking ware of the Mazolla family
- John Clegg’s rousing patriotic speech

11:00 am Children’s games from the World War One era. Lots of fun!

11:30 am Your WWI memorabilia - show and tell.
- Charles Trevethick and his sweet peas
- Pressed flowers from Palestine

12:00 pm Picnic lunch – Bring your own.
Your WWI memorabilia - show and tell.

1:00 pm An outdoor WWI drama presented by Challenge 2000.

2:00 pm New Zealand World War songs. An historic talk and sing along by David Dell of the NZ Music Archive.
Your WWI memorabilia - show and tell.

3:00 pm Farewell and closing prayer.

Patricia and her handcrafted cards

Patricia Apperly and handcrafted cards which will be sold to raise money for the Halfway House heritage garden.

Onslow spinners and knitters at work

Onslow Fibrecraft Guild spinning the wheel. Photo: Esther van der Voorn

 Paul Bicknell and WWI brass shell vases

Paul Bicknell of Paparangi holding brass shells crafted into vases, brought back to New Zealand from Ypres by his grandfather during World War I

 Christmas Card from WWI

 Source: First World War Christmas card', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/first-world-war-christmas-card, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage)