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Cenotaph Stories

  • Fighting for Nature: Captain Val Sanderson

    Captain Val Sanderson served in two wars before leading efforts to save New Zealand's natural heritage with the Royal Forest & Bird Society. Find out more about his pioneering work.

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  • Anzac Conquerors: world famous in the Second World War

    Soldiers of 18 Battalion, 2NZEF were made world famous as 'Anzac Conquerors' on the cover of Life magazine. Can you help identify the highlighted soldiers in the photograph?

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  • Memories of Messines: William Alfred Oldham

    To mark the anniversary of the Battle of Messines, we take a look at the life of veteran William Alfred Oldham who gained a reputation as an honourable solider and evocative war correspondent.

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  • The Sing Brothers Go to War

    One of the comics from the Being Chinese in Aotearoa exhibit explores the story of Private Herbert Stanley Sing, a brave signaller who served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment in the First World War.

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  • Determined to Serve: Ambulance Driver Gladys Sandford

    By Sophie Coombe

    Gladys Sandford is considered to be both a pioneering driver and aviator. She was the first female in New Zealand to receive a pilot's licence, and was formally recognized for her work as an ambulance driver in the war.

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  • Celebrating two years of citizen research with Online Cenotaph

    We mark the second anniversary of Online Cenotaph by celebrating the achievements of one of our most prolific contributors.

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  • Flight enthusiast Harold Butterworth

    Harold Butterworth, an Auckland-born pilot, kept a diary during his time with the RFC. It displayed his passion for flying as well as the innovative technologies and methods trialled by the RFC during WWI, which changed the shape of the war.

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  • Private Te Kuru and the Pioneers

    Private Te Kuru served in the "Pioneers", an important battalion which prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. Piki carried out this dangerous work at the Western Front in the latter part of the First World War. Explore more of Piki's story.

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  • Private Charles Stuart Nelson

    By Ella Johnson
    Content Technician, Research Support Pou Maumahara

    Private Nelson by day, female alter ego “Nelly” by night, Charles Stuart Nelson became a noted and admired performer on stage with singing troupe the Kiwis.

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  • The birth of the Royal New Zealand Navy

    This year is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Royal New Zealand Navy. To mark the occasion, we've delved into our collection to highlight some of the ships and service people that helped found New Zealand's modern navy.

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