When year nine students from Tauhara College recently visited the Great War Exhibition, the devastation of the First World War hit home, especially for those whose family members had served in the war. The students were featured in this article in the Taupo Times, their local newspaper (page 46 from this link).
Tauhara College student Paul Taylor related to the exhibition, because his great-grandfather, David Taylor, served in the war. “I really, really enjoyed the exhibition,” Paul says. “It was really emotional.”
Their fellow student, Katie Lambert, says, “The photos really show what they went through, but in real colour. This exhibition shows us how many people served the country, for us, to keep the peace.” The rapid pace of technological development during the war also impressed Katie. “I liked how the war developed the weapons. Eight bullets per second is a massive feat. It’s bad, but the technology changed so fast, it was amazing.”
Tom Speedy agrees. “And I also liked the ingenuity the New Zealanders had during the war. They made makeshift grenades and extended rifles out of pistols.”
Paul was saddened at stories told by their exhibition educator, demonstrating the tragedy of war. “Like that kid we learned about who signed up for Gallipoli when he was twelve and lied about his age because of propaganda.”
Paul sums up the exhibition perfectly. “Sir Peter Jackson shows this so well in a nice, safe environment for education of generations to come. The Great War Exhibition shows the lengths humans will go to, to survive in any situation.”