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envelope, postage

Object / Artefact › History
  • Other titles
    • Registered envelope (cover) containing medals, WW1 (descriptive name)
    • 3/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF (associated name)
  • Description
    Registered envelope, WW1
    Envelope used to send medals of 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF, to next-of-kin, Mrs F. Olen of Taneatua.
    manila envelope marked with black cross on both sides
    obverse: printed on rhs with number in red pencil: DEFENCE / HEADQRTS. / R 4001
    printed on lhs: 5d. Paid. / Wellington, N.Z. / Permit no 137.
    postmark on lhs: 15 NO / [WELLINGTON]
    addressed in ink: Mrs .F. Olen / PO Box 30 / Taneatua
    reverse: postmarked: TANEATUA / NZ / 17 NO . 2.03
    remains of green paper sticker
  • Place
  • Other Number
    2016.35.5
  • Accession number
    2016.35.5
  • Accession date
    16 June 2016
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness
envelope, postal medal
envelope, postal medal

Artefact

  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2016.35.5 Purchase
  • Notes
    Registered envelope, WW1
    Envelope used to send medals of 13/537 Trooper Victor Albert Olen, Auckland Mounted Rifles, NZEF, to next-of-kin, Mrs F. Olen of Taneatua.

    Victor Albert Olen, son of Edward and Annie Olen, was born at Blackall, Queensland, Australia, on 7 May 1886.At the time of his enlistment with the 11th North Auckland Squadron, Auckland Mounted Rifles, he was employed in Whangarei as an assistant surveyor for the Public Works Department, and his parents were living at Taneatua, near Whakatane.

    He arrived on Gallipoli on 12th May 1915, and was killed in action on Chunuk Bair on 8th August 1915. His body was never found and his file states: "Missing in action. Reasonable to suppose dead." His death is commemorated on the Chunuk Bair Memorial.

    "According to Trooper Stevens, Troopeers Champney, Mason, Olen and Palmer were particularly active in throwing back Turkish bombs. Olen and Palmer were both killee, Mason badly wounded when shot through the face and Champney wounded. "
    Quoted from Bloody Gallipoli, by Richard Stowers, with reference from Trooper Stevens, Maungatapere: A history and reminiscence.
  • Event
    1914-1918
    WW1
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    8 August 1915
    8 August 1915
  • Subject category
  • Production
    New Zealand Defence Force (made for)
    New Zealand
    1920
    post-WW1, Wars
  • Signature/marks
    • "Mrs A F Olen / P O Box 30 / / Taneatua"  (recipient's name and address)
    • "5d. Paid. / Wellington, N.Z. / Permit No. 137."  (price)
    • "DEFENCE / HEADQRTS. / R 4901"  (military issue)
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › paper (fiber product)
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 83mm
    • 0 - Whole width : 136mm
  • Classification
    military (Level 1)
    › documentary artifact (Level 2)
    › envelope (Level 3)
  • Record created
    16 August 2016

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