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An in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion on the con­tri­bu­tion of women dur­ing World War I is com­ing to Thames.

The Women of Em­pire Ex­hi­bi­tion – The Home­com­ing is a unique cos­tume dis­play that tells the story of the women of New Zealand, Aus­tralia and the wider Bri­tish Em­pire who achieved in­cred­i­ble things at war and on the home front dur­ing World War I.

Women served as doc­tors and nurses, drove am­bu­lances, de­liv­ered sup­plies, fed, en­ter­tained and cared for men on leave wher­ever the armed forces were. On the home front, they waited for their hus­bands, sons and broth­ers or sweet­hearts, they ran busi­nesses, worked in fac­to­ries, raised money for sup­plies for the sol­diers, looked af­ter farms and prayed for the safe re­turn of their loved ones.

■ Their story can be dis­cov­ered at the Thames War Me­mo­rial Civic Cen­tre from Tues­day No­vem­ber 6 to Sun­day No­vem­ber 18 with adult tick­ets $10 and chil­dren 15 and un­der $5. It has toured Aus­tralia and other Com­mon­wealth coun­tries and now makes its only stop in New Zealand un­til late 2019, which co­in­cides with the 11 No­vem­ber 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice that ended the war.

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