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  • Far away but not forgotten

    Tuesday, 24 April 2018

    Malta received thousands of sick and wounded New Zealanders in the First World War and many didn't make it off the island. Find out more about this tragic history.

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  • Help us identify service personnel

    Monday, 16 April 2018

    Combining a keen eye and solid research skills we sometimes find success, but more often than not we can't definitively name all of those pictured. This is where the public can help us

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  • Pip, Squeak and Wilfred: The trio that still raises a grin

    Monday, 9 April 2018

    Longtime volunteer, Janet Anderson, often assists our visitors to explore the medal collection in our Memorial Discovery Centre. Her favourite story is about Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, the three service medals given to WWI soldiers. In this blog, she explains the origin of these nicknames and the significance of each medal.

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  • A Close Shave

    Friday, 6 April 2018

    Ernest William Welch's shaving kit proved to be a life-saver when he stationed as a solider on the Somme in World War One.

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  • Why I do it: Janet Anderson

    Thursday, 29 March 2018

    Long-time volunteer, Janet Anderson, has worked at our Memorial Discovery Centre for over five years. In this blog, we asked her why she does it?

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  • Flags in the Hall of Memories

    Museum staff regularly receive questions about the flags on display around the World War One Sanctuary. It is generally stated that the flags represent those who signed the Treaty of Versailles on the 28th of June 1919. But this is not correct. Given these curious decisions and some notable omissions, we needed to do more digging to solve the mystery of the flags.

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  • Nation changers

    Friday, 27 October 2017

    Several years ago, students from a local school gathered on the side of a small country road and watched as kuia and kaumatua wept as they remembered their whanau who had lost their lives during the New Zealand wars 150 years earlier. So they created a student-led petition that they took to Parliament in order for these battles to be remembered.

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  • New Pou Kanohi gallery helping people connect with First World War stories

    Tuesday, 17 October 2017

    A century on, the events of the First World War can feel abstract and unconnected to our lives today, but Auckland Museum’s new gallery Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War is making the events of the war feel both relevant and relatable.

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  • Best of 2016

    By Auckland Museum staff
    Mon, 26 Dec 2016

    We look back at some of Auckland Museum's most popular events, exhibitions, and writing from 2016.

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  • Messages to Margaret

    By Auckland Museum staff
    Sun, 4 Dec 2016

    Margaret Swarbrick was a dressmaker turned nurse who worked at a hospital in England that tended more than 20,000 New Zealand soldiers. She asked the men in her care to write in her 'autograph books'. Their sketches, photographs and messages reveal the lighter side of life in a WWI military hospital.

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