A Home Away from Home

A project celebrating the women who ran the Aotea Convalscent home for NZ soldiers in Egypt during WW1. An arts project created in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 and the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

Individual Artworks

Works on paper

These works are made up of portraits of the women who ran and staffed Aotea as well as aspects that refer to the convalescent home. They are painted on hand dyed blue paper as it was told that you knew a ‘boy’ from Aotea because they always had a slip of blue paper on them (used to wrap up their sandwiches).

Works on cotton veils

Representative of the veils the nurses wore, each piece is illustrated with composite drawings of life for the soldiers and nurses at Aotea Convalescent Home.

• Read about the research behind and the development of this project.