©Weekly News 1946
The newspapers called them ‘Mr. Jones’ Wives’ and they came in their hundreds. Between 1942 and 1948, about 3700 women (and 1000 children) from 37 different countries came to New Zealand to start married life. These were women who had fallen in love with New Zealand servicemen during World War II. As the Minister of Defence it was Frederick Jones’ job to oversee their move to New Zealand.
Auckland Museum's exhibition Mr. Jones’ Wives tells war brides’ stories, from the love letters that kept romance alive during the uncertain days of war, to the voyage out onboard ‘bride ships’ and the experience of settling in a new land far from home.
THIS EXHIBITION HAS NOW CLOSED
From 16 April 2011
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