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Documenting the new Auckland International Airport

​Auckland Anniversary weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Auckland Airport. In the early 1960s, Māngere photographer Trevor Penman documented the transformation - from an aerodrome to an international gateway.

Auckland Roll of Honour

​A Roll of Honour is a list of names of people who served their country during war. Whether marked in stone, newsprint or handwritten, a Roll of Honour is a poignant reminder of the impact of war.

One journey never taken by Captain Scott

It is the smallest of collection items, yet this scrap of paper is a profound reminder of the transitory nature of our lives. Marine invertebrates curator Wilma Blom discovered this unclipped rail ticket issued to Captain R F Scott in the Manuscript collection at Auckland Museum.​

Bruce Papas: Advocate of elegance

Forty years before the establishment of New Zealand Fashion Week, 'fashion promotion' meant parades and competitions. In 1961, Aucklander Bruce Papas won the era's top fashion design competition - the inaugural Golden Shears.

George Bourne and the flying machines

​Aerial photography is almost as old as the aeroplane itself. Weekly News photographer George Bourne was one of the early adopters of the genre, flying with his friends, Leo and Vivian Walsh.

A living memorial

Almost a third of the 18,166 New Zealanders who died as a result of the First World War have no known graves; buried half a world away from their grieving families. Auckland War Memorial Museum was built by a community that needed a place to remember those who died.

The Battle of Passchendaele

Find out why this major World War One battle took place and how it led to two of New Zealand's greatest tragedies amid dreadful conditions.

New Zealand troops in Sāmoa

After Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, New Zealand sent an Expeditionary Force Advance Party to capture the German territory of Sāmoa and the state-of-the-art wireless tower recently erected near Apia to capture the German territory on behalf of the British Empire.

Early European charts of the Pacific Ocean

The Museum Library has in its collection a number of maps dating from the 17th and 18th centuries that depict the charting of the Pacific as Europeans sailed around the world and recorded their search for new territories and exotic merchandise.