Photograph, End of World War One Celebration ; Unknown Photographer; 1918


Photograph, End of World War One Celebration

About this object

This is a photograph of the window display at the Barrow Street, Bluff Drill Hall set up for the dance to celebrate the conclusion of World War One. While the official announcement of the armistice didn’t take place until the 11 of November, it seems telegrams of the situation at the front reached Bluff prior to this and the dance, a rather impromptu celebratory event, took place on November 9, 1918. Patriotic speeches were given by Mayor J.W. McDougall, the Chairman of the Harbour Board, W. Hinchey, Rev. Chaplain W.H. Roberts and Rev T. Skuse and musical performances by Miss J. McNeilage, R. Bradshaw, Elsie Erasmussen, Mesdames Lenihan and Jory, Messrs McChesney, Applegarth, Giles and Rev. T. Skuse provided ample entertainment and dancing opportunity for the large audience.

The photograph of the window decorations shows the strong New Zealand connection to the United Kingdom during the war and reflects the emphasis placed on fighting for King and Country. It also shows the community effort put into an event that “got up in a hurry” and is a record of quite possibly one of the earliest celebrations of the conclusion of the First World War.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Bluff


Unknown Photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

On the back in black pen: "P481 END 1914-1918 WAR DANCE IN DRILL HALL BARROW STREET"


h 174 mm x w 120 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Events and Parades

Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper

Copyright Licence  

Public Domain - No rights reserved - no known copyright restrictions No rights reserved - no known copyright restrictions

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