National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Women of Empire

Women of EmpireWomen of Empire 1914-1918

Opens 14th August

The First World War was a transformative experience for many women. Opportunities to take on new roles and learn new skills saw these women become ambulance drivers, doctors, farmers and fund-raisers. They travelled the world, from Cairo to the Western Front, from Samoa to Serbia; or they remained at home, ‘doing their bit’ to keep businesses, farms and households afloat while their men served King and country in far away lands.

Women of Empire 1914-1918 draws on the personal experiences of New Zealand and Australian women during the First World War. Experiences illustrated by original costumes and accessories from the Dressing Australia Museum of Costume collection. The costumes of an era; of women in uniform, working women, women campaigning against conscription, women fundraising, women in mourning….the Women of Empire.

Women of Empire 1914-1918 is jointly presented by Dressing Australia Museum of Costume and the National Army Museum of New Zealand. Touring New Zealand, Australia and other overseas venues, the exhibition is a fitting First World War centenary tribute to the extraordinary Women of Empire.