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Women of Empire – Homecoming Exhibition stops in Thames for Armistice commemorations

05 November 2018

The Women of Empire Exhibition – The Homecoming is a unique costume display that tells the story of the women of New Zealand, Australia and the wider British Empire who achieved incredible things at war and on the home front during World War One.

Women of Empire - Homecoming Exhibition

The exhibition has been touring Australia and other Commonwealth countries and now makes its only stop in New Zealand until late 2019 - and it coincides with the 11 November 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended WW1.

Women of Empire – The Homecoming is at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre from Tuesday 6 November to Sunday 18 November.

Adult tickets are $10, children 15 and under $5. Tickets can be purchased through Eventfinda

Women served as doctors and nurses, drove ambulances, delivered supplies, fed, entertained and cared for men on leave wherever the armed forces were. On the home front, they waited for their husbands, sons and brothers or sweethearts; they ran businesses, worked in factories, raised money for supplies for the soldiers, looked after farms and prayed for the safe return of their loved ones.

The Women of Empire exhibition brings to life their experiences, representing these women in the original fashion of the era: the war bride, the bereaved wife and mother, the socialite who’d found a new path, the wife whose husband was ‘never the same’, the nurse determined to make her mark.

This is a sequel to the popular Women of Empire Exhibition 1914-1918 which also came to Thames, but it’s got even more unique stories to tell of fashion and society at the close of “the war to end all wars”.

See the Women of Empire Homecoming website for more information.