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First of the Few

The First of the Few is a new multi-media exhibition commemorating the achievements of New Zealand's first flying school and the First World War pilots who trained there. It marks the centenary of the school established in Auckland by Vivian and Leo Walsh in October 1915.

Fittingly located in the Museum's Walsh Memorial Research Library, this poignant tribute to the Walsh brothers and their students. Interactive screens featuring a cascading flow of images of the NZ Flying School are central to the exhibition. Visitors can enlarge visuals and find out more about their subject by touching the screens.

This exhibition will showcase collection items such as personal correspondence and artifacts from the Walsh brothers, stationery from the NZ Flying School, badges and other memorabilia. The photographs and objects on display focus on the personal stories of those involved with the flying school in context of a nation's experience of war.

General admission applies and exhibition can only be viewed during the library's operational hours which are weekdays 10am - 4.30pm.  

In commemoration of the WW1 Centenary, MOTAT is celebrating the stories of the pilots who trained at the New Zealand Flying School in Auckland between 1915-19 before serving overseas as pilots during WW1.

Stage 1 of the project involved an interactive website, crowd-sourcing the stories of the original pilots involved in the flying school. Stage 2 of this project is now open in the MOTAT Walsh Memorial Library.

This project has received funding from the New Zealand Lotteries Grant Board.




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