stark reality of World War 1's impact on Dunedin families is
made clear in a city street map marked with hundreds of
crosses, at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
About 1900 combatants from the present Greater Dunedin area
were killed during that war and several thousand others were
The map is a striking part of a new exhibition, ''Dunedin's
Great War'', which opens at the museum today.
Monday is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War
1, on August 4, 1914.
The exhibition provides a survey of Dunedin and its people
during the war, and runs until May 3.
Museum exhibitions developer William McKee yesterday
discussed a large street map of central Dunedin, based on
1917 street names, which he had developed, showing the home
addresses of many of the city's Great War casualties.
''It really shows that the whole city suffered,'' he said.
Colour-coded crosses show which years casualties - deaths and
significant injuries - occurred, with many in 1914, the first
year, and many also in 1918, the final year.
Dunedin historian and museum curator Sean Brosnahan said
depicting the experiences of Dunedin people during the war
was a ''solemn duty'', which museum staff took very
The map developed by Mr McKee showed not only that people of
all walks of life and in every part of the city had been
affected by the war, but also showed other signs of social
change between 1917 and now.
There had recently been a trend towards more people living in
central city apartments, but many people, including single
men, also lived in the city centre, including near the
Octagon, before World War 1, including in hotels and boarding
houses, he said.