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flag, fundraising

Object / Artefact › History
  • Other titles
    • Our Soldiers Flag (maker's title)
    • New Zealand Ensign fundraising signature flag, WW1 (full name)
  • Description
    Our Soldiers Flag, New Zealand Blue Ensign fundraising flag, WW1; rectangle shape; navy blue base with union jack in the top left corner; red southern cross stars to the right surrounding block lettering that reads: OUR SOLIDERS FLAG; columns of signatures run down the flag ;
    "Embroidered names of members of Hauraki Squadron, Auckland Mounted Rifles" in white silk chain stitch; at the centre of the Union Jack is the name of Cyril Bassett VC"
    markings: flag makers marks: stamped black ink on hoist (verso): 3 1/2 YD. NEW ZEALAND
  • Place
  • Other Number
    1929.332, 1929.432, W0414, F016
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
flag, fundraising, 1929.332, F016, W0414, 1929.432
flag, fundraising, 1929.332, F016, W0414, 1929.432


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, F016
  • Notes
    New Zealand Ensign named "OUR SOLDIERS FLAG", with embroidered names of the Hauraki Squadron of the Auckland Mounted Rifles. Additional research by Margaret Nash has identified that while most of the soldiers were from Auckland or the upper North Island, there were also a number from Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. At the centre of the Jack is the name of Cyril Bassett, VC. The signatures were worked by Mrs Agnes Keary to raise funds for the Auckland Patriotic Fund, WW1. The amount raised was 305 pounds. This went to the Auckland Wounded Soldiers' Fund.

    The flag was started as a fundraiser for the Soldiers Queen during Auckland's 1915 Queen Carnival, and, following the conclusion of the carnival continued to have names added with the additional funds going directly into the Mayor's Auckland Patriotic Fund.

    A December 1915 news item in the Rotorua Times stated "A fee of 10s per name is charged ... The flag is being circulated in the Auckland Province, and is on view for a few days in Mrs Iles' shop in Fenton Street... the flag will be permanently hung in the Auckland Town Hall."
  • Event
    • 1914-1918
      28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
    • Nov 1915
      World War 1, 1914-18/wars
      Queen Carnival
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1914 to 31 December 1918
  • Subject category
  • Production
    Agnes Keary (embroiderer)
    [Auckland]New Zealand
    World War 1, 1914-18, wars
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    0 - Whole length x width : 3060 x 1650mm
    (3-1/2 yard flag 5'5" x 11'0" 1650mm x 3060mm)
  • Classification
  • Classification Documents
    Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
    A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. (Other Title)
    Robert Chenhall
    Nashville/Tennessee/USA  (Place of Publication)  (nomenclature)
  • Record created
    6 October 2010

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