Web­site will gather facts on fallen of World War I

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Waikato Mu­seum has launched an in­ter­ac­tive web­site that will help un­cover the un­told sto­ries of the men and women of the Waikato dur­ing World War 1.

The web­site www.forus­theyfell.org.nz has been de­vel­oped to crowd-source in­for­ma­tion for the ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion, For Us They Fell, to open in April 2015.

Mu­seum staff will be in Mata­mata next week to meet the com­mu­nity, demon­strate the web­site and ask people to share any sto­ries or me­mora­bilia from World War 1.

Waikato Mu­seum di­rec­tor Cherie Meecham said in­for­ma­tion sourced from the com­mu­nity will com­ple­ment ex­ist­ing records and in­for­ma­tion to tell the Waikato story be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter World War 1.

‘‘ A sur­pris­ing amount of in­for­ma­tion about these men is avail­able via this web­site from dif­fer­ent data­bases in New Zealand and around the world, but with the help of the pub­lic Waikato Mu­seum in­tends to un­cover the un­told sto­ries of the Great War.

‘‘The For Us They Fell web­site is a plat­form for en­gage­ment that also al­lows vis­i­tors to gather in­for­ma­tion about the thou­sands of soldiers from the Waikato re­gion, in­clud­ing fam­ily mem­bers and the men whose names are listed on Waikato war me­mo­ri­als.’’

‘‘The ge­o­graphic area we will cover in this project is mapped to the Tainui re­gion of the Waikato, which in­cludes the greater Waikato and Coro­man­del,’’ Ms Meecham said.

For Us They Fell road­show dates and lo­ca­tions:

Thurs­day, July 10 – Mor­rinsville RSA, 2pm3.30pm, Te Aroha RSA 4.30pm-6pm Mon­day, July 14 – Mata­mata RSA 2pm-3.30pm Tues­day, July 15 – Pu­taruru District Ser­vices Me­mo­rial Club 11am till 12.30pm, Toko­roa Club 1.30pm–3pm, Cam­bridge Club 4.30pm-6pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion on For Us They Fell visit www. waikato­mu­seum. co. nz con­tact Waikato Mu­seum, phone 07 838 6606 dur­ing busi­ness hours or email mu­seum@hcc.govt.nz.

For Us They Fell

For Us They Fell will have ma­jor com­mu­nity in­put and is cen­tred on the mostly un­told sto­ries of men from the Waikato district who fought and died in World War 1.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be de­vel­oped by Welling­ton­based vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence com­pany Story Inc in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Waikato Mu­seum.

Waikato Mu­seum re­ceived a $506,233 (ex­clud­ing GST) grant from the Lot­tery Grants Board’s En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Fund to de­velop the ex­hi­bi­tion to com­mem­o­rate the first century since World War 1 in April 2015.

For Us They Fell will open from An­zac Day, April 25, 2015 un­til Ar­mistice Day, 11 Novem­ber 2018, to mark the be­gin­ning and end of World War 1.

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