Gallipoli story told in massive scale at Te Papa
In a replica of Gallipoli hero William Malone's dugout at Chunuk Bair an actor's voice can be heard.
He is reading aloud the last letter Malone wrote to his wife Ida.
The eerie reading is part of Gallipoli:The Scale of Our War, an exhibition that had been on at Te Papa for a year.
The exhibition had merged history and movies through a partnership with Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop, lead curator Kirstie Ross said.
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"We have these amazing 2.5 times larger than life, hyper real models of people based on people who were actually on Gallipoli."
William Malone's dugout was built according to a little sketch Malone made, she said.
"Inside you can hear actor an reading from last letter Malone ever wrote to his wife Ida. It's incredibly sad because William Malone is fairly certain that he is going to die in this big attack on Chunuk Bair, which of course he does die."
The response to the exhibition had been amazing and more than 677,000 people had visited, she said.
And Malone was not the only person from Taranaki to feature in the exhibition.
"We have an amazing little object - an embroidered cloth that was owned by a Taranaki woman called Anne Somerville. She was living in Taranaki when the Maheno hospital ship was about to sail off to Gallipoli in June, July 1915. And that's when she sent the cloth to nursing friends to be embroidered while they were travelled up to Gallipoli."
This year was the 100th anniversary of the first Anzac Day commemorations, Ross said.
"And it's really important that we really connect back to our past so that people understand what shaped New Zealand going into the future."
It was a unique exhibition and so close to everybody's hearts, she said.
"The way we tell the story is so moving."