Show of women in war
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.