On 9 January 1917, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles participated in the final battle of the Sinai Campaign on the borders of Palestine - an event which changed the Middle East in ways which continue to resound today.
There were upbeat reports, Christmas care packages sent, and festivities at home - yet little in the way of real relief on the fronts.
One of New Zealand’s foremost textile designers, Ingrid Anderson’s bold colourful designs can be found in homes and businesses throughout the country. Auckland Museum has recently acquired a small group of textiles produced by Anderson.
Private Te Kuru was in the NZ Pioneer Battalion. The ‘Pioneers’ prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. The work was physically tough and dangerous.
As part of the Pacific Collection Access Project, Auckland Museum and artist Numangatini Fraser Mackenzie co-curated a display. The display text was in both English and the Cook Islands language. The text was translated by Reverend William Hakaoro.
Over four decades award-winning Auckland fabric artist Susan Holmes established a broad repertoire of fabric art skills - documented in the new book Susan Holmes - Fabric Artist by Cerys Dallaway-Davidson. Read an extract on Stenciling here.
Auckland's First World War story is inscribed in stone: the names of significant battles are etched on the Museum's exterior walls, and the dead are remembered by name on the Roll of Honour.
The NZ Bomber Command Association Memorial Sculpture commemorates the 2,157 New Zealanders who lost their lives flying with the RAF Bomber Command. Mini Prasad discusses the making of the memorial and the history of the two New Zealanders who flew in the Dambusters raid.
Macawa Ni Vosa Vakaviti (Fiji language week) is held this year from 3–9 October 2016. In celebration, Auckland Museum library is displaying a selection of Fijian publications and photographs from our collections.