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"Wunderpus O Sea", Octavia Cook

Who owns an idea? When does a conventional form become a unique and distinctive design? Auckland Museum recently acquired a brooch by contemporary jeweller Octavia Cook which explores these concepts, and responds to a particular situation in which she found herself in last year.

Front page news: A mystery hui

A poster in te reo at the Auckland Museum library needed researching. What was the mystery event at Waihi Marae, Taupo on 18 April 1959?​

New Zealanders in Russia during the Revolution

At the time of the revolution Nursing Sister Ethel M. Strachan, and her friend and colleague Sister Sybil Kelly, were among the staff of the Anglo-Russian Hospital in Petrograd (St Petersburg), Russia.

Tonny Brinkman: Sand Collector

Sand collector Tonny Brinkman has generously donated 3500 sands to Auckland Museum - and her decades of collecting show that you can explore the world without going far from home.

Dunsterforce: Kiwi soldiers in the 'Hush-Hush Brigade'

Following an enquiry from Baku in Azerbaijan, a Museum Volunteer researched the New Zealanders involved in a secret British military mission into the Caucasus Mountains and Northern Iran. Who were the soldiers and what was their mission?

New Zealand Memorials: Digitising Memories in Stone

By collaborating with volunteers and other members of the public, we are working to ensure that whānau are able to connect with their ancestors and discover the exact memorial where family members are publicly remembered.

The Battle of Rafah

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.

Christmas 1916

There were upbeat reports, Christmas care packages sent, and festivities at home - yet little in the way of real relief on the fronts.

Ingrid Anderson

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.