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The royal couple are standing in the back of a specially converted jeep as it drives past thousands of children gathered in Athletic Park. As their car passes the children, they all swarm en masse to the other side of the field to get another look as the jeep turns a corner.
The first purpose-built crèche in the country was set up in Wellington by Mother Aubert's nuns.
George Davies came from a low-income Wellington family of five children. In this Spectrum radio documentary from 1981 he remembers his childhood during the First World War.
Marjorie Lees remembers falling in love with a soldier during the First World War.
Letters written to the children's column 'Dot’s Little Folk' in the Otago Witness reveal the personal ways in which young people responded to the war
Gallipoli extract from the School Journal, September 1915
Boys from Wharekāhika Native School on the East Coast with bottles they collected for the Belgian Children's Fund, July 1916
Cover of programme for Combined Schools' Concerts at the Wellington Town Hall, 1 and 2 July 1915
Auckland schoolchildren sewing and knitting clothing for the British and Belgian Relief Fund and New Zealand troops serving overseas, July 1915.
Links and books relating to schooling during the First World War
Whether as school cadet officers or supporters of saluting the flag, teachers did much to set the moral tone of New Zealand schools before and during the war. Many hundreds were also aware of the need for men to enlist
During the war children were encouraged to be ‘cheerful’ and ‘helpful’, to ease the worry and sorrow of the mothers and wives of soldiers. There were also many practical ways in which children could help the war effort.
The Defence Amendment Act 1900 introduced military cadet training into schools. The Defence Act 1909 made military training for nearly all boys compulsory from the age of 12.
During the First World War the New Zealand School Journal played an important role in encouraging patriotism, self-sacrifice, obedience and support for the war effort among schoolchildren.
In late 1917 district education boards ordered that children salute the New Zealand flag at the start of each school day. Some teachers opposed this as too militaristic.
The head of the Department of Education believed that ‘moral purpose should dominate the spirit of the whole school life.’ Schools and teachers were to shape children into productive, moral and healthy citizens prepared to serve their country in both peace and war.
Schools and children were quickly called into action at the outset of the First World War in 1914. Developing patriotic, fit and healthy citizens was seen as important to the survival of the country and the Empire. Hundreds of teachers joined the NZEF, including many from sole-teacher schools. Almost 200 never returned.
Young girls with Sprint bicycle, 1978
Te Papa curator Kirstie Ross shows us the museum's collection of toys from the popular television programme for New Zealand children, Play School.
Pupils and teachers at Devonport Primary School head for air raid shelters