Southland’s War: From Enlistment to Gallipoli



The War Gallery is currently closed for refurbishment. We will be opening the all new exhibition on Anzac Day 2017.


The exhibition takes our visitors on a journey of a typical Southland recruit through the First World War, this includes:


  • enlistment in Invercargill
  • training with the Otago Battalion in Dunedin
  • meeting up with the rest of the NZEF in Wellington
  • travelling overseas in crowded ships
  • training in Egypt
  • the Gallipoli campaign (landings, trench life, combat experience, medical practices)
  • Western Front
  • Home front
  • Memorials and the legacy of war


The exhibition will change over time to reflect the 100 year anniversaries of other First World War campaigns and battles.