New rugby exhibition opens space
The Ashburton Museum’s newest exhibition space, the Kate and Hank Murney Room, has opened.
The first exhibition, which opened on Saturday, is Balls, Bullets and Boots: From Rugby Field to Battlefield and Back, an interactive exhibition exploring the legacy of World War One, as seen through the eyes of 15 New Zealand rugby players and one woman coach.
Museum director Tanya Robinson said the touring exhibition was an exciting addition to the museum, particularly for rugby enthusiasts.
‘‘Fifty All Blacks went away to WW1 and 13 died. No fewer than 728 provincial representatives served, 163 died and by late 1915 – before conscription – it was estimated that 10,000 active rugby club players from throughout New Zealand had volunteered for service.
‘‘This year marks the centenary of a number of WW1 battles, and while we may know the stories of those terrible conflicts, there is something very special about putting the faces and personal stories to those experiences.’’
The exhibition runs through until November 12.