Announcement of war with Germany, 1914

A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered outside Parliament on the afternoon of 5 August 1914 to hear the Governor, Lord Liverpool, announce that Britain – and by extension the Dominion of New Zealand – was at war with Germany.

Prime Minister William Massey can be seen in the centre of the image with a white moustache. To the right of Massey is Lord Liverpool, holding a sheet of paper bearing the message from King George V.

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