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Dean O’Gorman’s Nurses Featured in Media

Our previous blog post featured the work of Dean O’Gorman, a New Zealand actor and photographer, whose photographic exhibition Passchendaele — The Elusive Familiarity of War is currently at The Great War Exhibition.

Dean feels very passionately about the First World War and went to great lengths to add a new photo to the current exhibition — a photo that would demonstrate the contribution of women to the First World War, and in particular at Ypres near Passchendaele.

Dean went to great lengths to create his new photo, which depicts women nursing wounded soldiers. He dug up  an Auckland farm to recreate the conditions that our troops may have experienced. The media covered Dean’s photo shoot in the New Zealand Herald online and also in the Cook Strait News, below.


Dean O'Gorman Great War Exhibition

Behind The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience

Dan King, the project manager and art director behind The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience, spent 18 months on the job, ensuring The Trench was as authentic as possible, so visitors are able to experience what it was like to be in the dangerous trenches of Gallipoli in 1915.

Dan, a Carterton resident,  talks to reporter Steve Rendle of the Wairarapa Times Age  about his experiences, which involved shooting machine guns, weighing wet plaster (to conform to the building’s weight restrictions) and working with Sir Peter Jackson, whose attention to detail enabled the crew to “make this the closest thing to being there.”

For more about this exciting view behind the Quinn’s Post Trench Experience, see the full news article here.

To find out more about The Trench Experience, please click here. To make a booking for The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience, please click here.

Dan King - project manager and art director behind the Quinn's Post Trench Experience
Dan King in The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience, with replicas of boxes used at Gallipoli for explosives and biscuits.



Opening – Sir Peter Jackson’s Quinn’s Post Trench Experience

The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience officially opened in mid April and we’ve been swept off our feet with visitors keen to experience the sights, sounds and noises of the trenches in Gallipoli (courtesy of Sir Peter Jackson and his creative team at WingNut).

Now that we have a moment to catch our breath, we’d like to share some of our photos and media coverage of The Trench.

The Hon. Grant Robertosn, Peter Parussini (ANZ), Turkish Ambassador His Excellency Ahmet Ergin, The Hon. Ron Mark, Trustee Lt. Gen. (ret) Rhys Jones and Sir Peter Jackson in front of the exit from The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience.


Governor General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy with Sir Peter Jackson
Chairperson of the National Military Heritage Trust, Dame Fran Wilde, with The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy and Trustee Richard Austin.
His Worship Mayor Justin Lester with General Manager of The Great War Exhibition, Dave Clearwater.
Inside The Trench with actors Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow, who sometimes undertook 21-hour shoots to capture the footage for The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience. The ‘ghost’ of Lt. Colonel Malone is commanding his troops in the background.
Mark and Jed explore The Trench.
Mark Mitchell of the New Zealand Herald captures footage in the close confines of The Trench.

News links are available here

Actors Jed Brophy and Darren Young join actor and photographer Dean O’Gorman, who has staged realistic new photographs of Passchendaele for his new exhibition Passchendaele – The Elusive Familiarity of War. This exhibition was installed on the day The Trench opened. For more info see this page.

Women’s War – NZ Women’s Weekly, Cook Strait News & Regional News

This week’s New Zealand Women’s Weekly features a story about Susanna Montgomerie who is one of the co-editor’s of Annie’s War, which features extracts from the diary of Annie Montgomerie, Susanna’s grandmother who traveled to London to be near her sons when they served in the First World War.

Women's War in Women's WeeklyThe full New Zealand Women’s Weekly article is now available online: click here.

Woman’s War also featured in the Cook Strait News (below, page 3) and in the  Regional News (Front cover and page 3) here.


War in the Holy Lands – Cook Strait News

Our latest touring exhibition, War in the Holy Lands featured in the Cook Strait News in late December. Reporter Jamie Adams interviewed James McLean, one of the creators from Story Inc., who co-produced War in the Holy Lands and many of our other touring exhibitions.

War in the Holy Lands runs until 20 February 2018 and shows a side of the Middle East that our soldiers never learned about in Sunday school. Read the article below or here.


Cook Strait - War in the Holy Lands
Jamie Adams interviews James McLean, whose silhouette is featured as General Allenby behind them in shadow play.

Sand in the Apricot Jam Art goes to Israel

Wellington artist Rebecca Holden will be exhibiting her WW1 commemorative show Sand in the Apricot Jam at the Museum of Rishon LeZion, Israel later this year. The exhibition features large-scale painted works representing the New Zealand Mounted Rifles of WWI. Rebecca has created a new painting to be exhibited for the first time in Israel along with 3 of the 4 existing works that form Sand in the Apricot Jam. The exhibition will be open for six months from 19 October.

This is a unique opportunity, during this WW1 centenary period, to honour the men (and their horses) of the NZ Mounted Rifles (NZMR) in the land in which they fought. Sand in the Apricot Jam reflects the contribution of the NZMR in the Middle East Campaigns of Sinai and Palestine of the First World War.

Rebecca’s grandfather John (Jack) Culleton was a trooper with the 4th Waikato Squadron of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment and left with the Expeditionary Forces in 1914. He served with the NZMR at Gallipoli and in the Middle East until 1919 when he was discharged due to malaria. Rebecca’s personal connection was the catalyst for the creating this body of work.

The NZMR fought predominantly against the Ottoman Turkish Army in this campaign. The horsemen of the NZMR were invaluable in the desert campaigns because they covered greater distances on horseback (than foot infantry).

Sand in the Apricot Jam has toured NZ since its first showing at Expressions Whirinaki, Upper Hutt in 2014, where Rebecca was Artist in Residence. It was exhibited at the National Army Museum, Waiouru in 2016, and the Waikato Museum from March to June 2017.

Exhibiting Sand in the Apricot Jam during this year’s centenary of the battles of Beershaba & Ayun Kara reinforces the historical connection between New Zealand and Rishon LeZion. The NZMR received a warm reception by the Jewish inhabitants of Rishon LeZion when they liberated the village from the Ottoman Turkish army after the Battle of Ayun Kara. The NZMR returned to camp there on numerous occasions after this event.

The centenary of the Battle of Beersheba on 31 Oct will be honoured by New Zealand and Australia with a commemoration ceremony at Beersheba. The Battle of Ayun Kara took place on 14 Nov 1917, near Rishon LeZion, and was one of the most significant battles in which the NZMR fought in the Palestine Campaign. The Mounted Rifles lost 50 men in this battle and these losses are represented in the new work by 50 WW1 NZ Forces buttons sewn onto the painting’s canvas ground.

Click here to see the artwork comprising Sand in the Apricot Jam.