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Names in Stone

Jane Groufsky
Senior Collection Manager, Human History

This project gave individuals and families the opportunity to significantly help the Museum, and to have their contribution publicly acknowledged. The Museum approached sculptor Denis O’Connor with a simple brief: design a cartouche which listed the 110 donors.

William Sanders, VC, DSO

Gail Romano
Associate Curator, History

Takapuna boy Lieutenant-Commander William Sanders is New Zealand's only naval recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest British award bestowed for valour. On the centenary of his death, Associate History Curator Gail Romano reflects upon the local Auckland recognition of his actions.

Front-page news: A mystery hui

Geraldine Warren
Māori Resources & Matauranga Advisor

A poster in te reo at the Auckland Museum library needed researching. What was the mystery event at Waihi Marae, Taupō on 18 April 1959?​

Tonny Brinkman, Sand Collector

Hugh Grenfell
Collection Technician, Natural Sciences

Sand collector Antonia 'Tonny' Brinkman generously donated 3500 sands to Auckland Museum, and her decades of collecting show that you can explore the world without going far from home.

Susan Holmes: Fabric Artist

Over four decades award-winning Auckland fabric artist Susan Holmes established a broad repertoire of fabric art skills - documented in the new book Susan Holmes - Fabric Artist by Cerys Dallaway-Davidson. Read an extract on Stenciling here.

Names on the walls, engraved in stone

Auckland's First World War story is inscribed in stone: the names of significant battles are etched on the Museum's exterior walls, and the dead are remembered by name on the Roll of Honour.

Noqu vosa, me'u bula taka – My language, learn it, speak it, live it

Macawa Ni Vosa Vakaviti (Fiji language week) is held this year from 3–9 October 2016. In celebration, Auckland Museum library is displaying a selection of Fijian publications and photographs from our collections.

Enriching Aotearoa with the Tongan Spirit

With more Tongan people currently born in New Zealand than in Tonga, Aotearoa has a special role in celebrating Tongan language and culture.

Armistice Day

Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the First World War and commemorates the sacrifice of those who died while serving their country.

The Reverend's gift

This whāriki was given to the Reverend Jasper Calder by Māori who wanted to recognise his mana or status. The mat could have been used as an altar cloth, given its small size.

The first Anzac Day

The first Anzac Day didn't include a dawn service or the wearing of poppies; those traditions were yet to begin. Instead people gathered at town halls, schools and churches to remember those who returned from Gallipoli, and those who were left behind.​

​Early aviation and true trailblazers​

New Zealand's airline industry is built on the determination of a few enterprising aviation enthusiasts who fostered a proud tradition of flying. The importance of air travel to New Zealand cannot be overstated and it didn't take long to get started in this country.