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Wartime parcels

18 Dec 2014

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
History, Society and culture

What would be in a parcel sent from home to a New Zealand soldier in World War One?

LEVEL: Primary / Intermediate

During World War One (aka the First World War) soldiers a long way home loved to receive parcels. New Zealand was a long way from from the places they were fighting so many parcels were put together and sent by charity funds.

A fantastic place to look for information about one of the largest of these funds is NZHistory, which has an article about the Lady Liverpool Fund. To find it scroll part of the way down the page until you come to 'latest images and media', then type 'Lady Liverpool' into the search box. Choose the result called 'Lady Liverpool Great War Story'. 

This is quite a long article - don't forget to go all the way to the bottom of the page. The sections which tell you most about what was sent in parcels are 'Public Response' and 'Parcels to the Front'.

HOT TIP: NZHistory is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we go all the way down the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre is a great source of digitised books and magazines. One of these is a magazine produced by the ANZACs while in Egypt called 'The Kia ora coo-ee'. An article in one issue is called 'Parcel from home', which talks about one soldier's parcel and why it was important to him.

HOT TIP: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

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