A special exhibition to honour Southlanders who fought, and died, in World War I, opens in Esk Street tomorrow (1 November 2018).
The Invercargill City Council, the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Awarua Communications Museum, Invercargill City Libraries and Archives, and volunteers, have collaborated to create the multi-faceted exhibition.
Mayor Tim Shadbolt will formally open the exhibition at 10am tomorrow. The exhibition at 63 Esk Street (the former ASB Bank Building) will be open between 10am and 4pm daily until Saturday, 10 November.
The Council’s contribution to the exhibition includes the stories of Southland men killed in the liberation of Les Quesnoy on 4 November 1918, and of the Invercargill Borough Council employees killed during the war. The stories were researched by local historian and Council Archives Assistant Wendy McArthur. More than 100 poppies knitted by Council staff, family and friends will form part of the displays.
Invercargill RSA and the Awarua Communications Museum have set up displays, and the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives team’s Since Writing You Last project will also feature.