Newfoundland and the Great War Web site
By Beth Ryan, Gazette
June 22, 2000. Copyright © 2000, The Gazette. Reprinted with permission.
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Newfoundland's contribution to the First World War has been brought to life
through images, sounds and motion pictures on a new multimedia Web site which was
launched June 10 during the Military History Initiative Conference.
Unveiled at HMCS Cabot in St. John's, Newfoundland and the Great War offers an
introduction to the experiences of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador during
the Great War. It is built around a series of rare glass plate images located in
the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John's, supplemented
with images from elsewhere.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site developed the site with
sponsorship from the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives and
funding from Industry Canada through its Digital Collections program.
The Digital Collections program gives young people from age 15 to 30
entrepreneurial and technology-based job experience developing multimedia
Web sites and digitization projects. Their works, gathered together on the
Digital Collections Web site, are popular among Canadian educators, students,
researchers and general public. Since it began in 1995, Digital Collections
has become one of the largest single sources of Canadian content on the
information highway, featuring over 350 Web sites representing the work of over
2,300 young Canadians.
"As archivists, we are pleased and excited to see these historical treasures put on display for the public to explore," said Patti Ryan, president of the
Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA).
"Having them displayed on the Web means that they are now accessible to so many more people."
The site tells the story of Newfoundland's involvement in the war through
sections that feature articles, images, audio and video. In the articles section,
the visitor will find information on the home front, Newfoundlanders at war, and
the commemorations both home and abroad following the war.
In addition to the photos that illustrates the articles on the site, the image gallery
includes an extensive collection of photographs of people and organizations dedicated to
the war effort. This includes the Women's Patriotic Association, Royal Naval Reserve,
Forestry Corps and the Newfoundland Regiment. Many of the photographs are group portraits
taken at Holloway Studios before embarking overseas.
The audio section reproduces the 1994 album of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band with
the title of the same name. In addition, the song "The Valley of Kilbride" by the
Newfoundland traditional band Tickle Harbour is offered, along with excerpts from a
1981 interview with William Yetman, one of the first 500 volunteers to sail overseas in 1914.
Finally, there is a series of 19 video clips showing the Newfoundland regiment training
both in Newfoundland and in Britain.
The site can be viewed at the Digital Collections site: http://collections.ic.gc.ca/great_war
It can also be found at the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site:
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