Story: First World War

Massey announcing declaration of war

Prime Minister William Massey (with the white moustache), supported by other politicians, stands on the steps of Parliament Buildings on the occasion of the declaration of war with Germany, in August 1914. The leader of the opposition Liberal Party, Joseph Ward, is on the right with the black moustache.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 January 2023)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012