Story: First World War

Pen used for signing of Treaty of Versailles

Pen used for signing of Treaty of Versailles

Prime Minister William Massey attended the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 as a member of the British Empire delegation. At the conference he worked to uphold a strong and united British Empire and expressed some scepticism about the League of Nations. However, he also pushed New Zealand's particular interests especially in obtaining mandate status for New Zealand's role in Samoa. His signing of the resulting Treaty of Versailles was an important mark of New Zealand nationhood.

Using this item

Parliamentary Services

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Impact of the war', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012