Scroll through WWI history
To commemorate 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele, SCRolls (South Canterbury Rolls of Honour) will be available for the public to view at Community House.
About 70 South Canterbury men lost their lives as a result of the battle, fought on October 12, 1917. Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury chief executive Liz Shea said the SCRoll project was facilitated by the South Can- terbury Museum and began in 2013. It aimed to compile a database of all soldiers that had South Canterbury connections and fought in World War I.
The information has been available on the Timaru District Council’s museum.timaru.govt.nz/explore/ scroll website for a while now, and was put onto an electronic tablet so it could be taken out into the community.
South Canterbury Museum curator of document history Tony Rippin said the biographies of about 3500 men have been compiled so far, and there were an estimated 3-4000 more to go.
As Shea helped put together some of the soldier’s biographies, she offered a space at the reception of Community House for two weeks.
The biographies contained as much information as volunteers could find using resources such as the Auckland Cenotaph database, Archives New Zealand, and old newspapers.