Wednesday, October 30, 2013
An invitation to hear Gavin McLean speak about his recent publication The White Ships: New Zealand's First World War Hospital Ships
Please join us on Wednesday 6 November to hear Gavin McLean speak about his recent publication The White Ships: New Zealand's First World War Hospital Ships
In 1915 the New Zealand government converted the liners Maheno and Marama into state-of-the art floating hospitals. Fitted out partly with funds raised by high profile public appeals, the ships had a busy war, eventually carrying 47,000 people. Painted distinctively in accordance with international requirements, they were the public face of our merchant marine's war, with the Maheno's crew making a direct civilian contribution to the Gallipoli campaign. Not everything went according to plan. There were tensions between the governor and ministers and shipboard disputes between army officers and mariners and between doctors and nurses. The political left also muttered about profiteering by the Union Steam Ship Company. Come along and hear the story of New Zealand's white ships.
Gavin McLean is a senior historian in the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. He is about to start on writing a book on New Zealand's First World War at sea.
Venue: Ministry for Culture and Heritage, L4, ASB House, 101 The Terrace, Wellington.
Everyone is welcome – seminars commence at 12.15pm and last for approximately one hour.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To listen again to recent MCH History Group seminars go to http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/handsonhistory/downloads-and-podcasts