Imperial Legacies : Revealing the Victoria League’s First World War Images

This exhibition is based on a UC Summer Scholarship project co-supervised by the History Department and the Macmillan Brown Library, 2011-12. Postgraduate student Gregory Hynes investigated a collection of over 200 First World War photographs, donated to the library by the Canterbury Branch of the Victoria League of New Zealand. It documents the research process, history of the collection, and also provides a visual introduction to its hundreds of fascinating images of the British Empire at war.

There are no known copyright restrictions with these photographs. To obtain copies of the images please contact the Macmillan Brown Library.

The Project

An introduction to the collection, and an outline of the research process undertaken to discover its provenance

Canterbury’s Imperialism

An introduction to the Victoria League, its war work, and its significance in Canterbury’s history

The Collection

Retracing the origin of the collection, stretching throughout the British Empire, and its historical significance.

Picturing Imperial Legacies

A visual introduction to the First World War, the images of the collection, and their historical significance.

Future Research

An introduction to the Macmillan Brown Library collections, and their research and teaching potential


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