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The Battle of Crete

The sight of thousands of German paratroopers filling the Cretan sky signalled the beginning of one of the most dramatic battles of the Second World War.

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.​

Weddings and war in 1940s New Zealand

Weddings in New Zealand during the Second World War continued the tradition of long white or ivory coloured dresses, often with trains and flowing veils. This was in contrast to Britain for example where clothing was severely rationed.

Photographs of a prophet

Images by Auckland Weekly News staff photographers George Bourne and Arthur Ninnis Breckon provide a visual record of the Tūhoe prophet, Rua Kēnana Hepetipa.

The underground war

The New Zealand Tunnelling Company were the first New Zealanders to arrive at the Western Front - in March 1916.

Illustrated leaves

Herbals are books containing names, descriptions and illustrations of plants; forilegia are books of floral illustrations. Auckland Museum's collection includes herbal and florilegium volumes from as early as the 16th century.

Mrs Alice Mickle: Friend of the soldiers

As the wife of the local doctor, Mrs Alice Mickle knew many of the 'Birkenhead boys' who left for the First World War. She collected their photos and letters in an album, captioning each one with details about the individual’s service.​

Emma Knuckey

It was a long way from post war rural Taranaki to the 'New Look' of Europe's fashion scene but, in 1949, Emma Knuckey left the farm and sailed with her husband to London.

Te Hokowhitu a Tū: Badges of Māori contingents in WWI

Soldiers who enlisted in the 'all-fighting Māori unit' served in three different battalions during the First World War. Each unit was represented by a set of badges.