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The Zero: Two men and a plane

Gail Romano
Associate Curator, History

On 15 September 1945 the Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero landed at Piva airfield in Bougainville. This aircraft is now on display on Level 2. Learn about how two men of different nationalities who were each instrumental in the Zero’s acquisition.

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.

Castle Collection Decant

Julie Burns
Coll. Technician, Relocations

The music collection from Wellington based siblings Zillah and Ronald Castle was collected over 50 years from the 1930’s, with many having both local and international significance from their unusual nature. Their collection comprises of 520 instruments; cases, sheet music and musical accessories.

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?​

In Russia during the Revolution

Gail Romano
Associate Curator, History

At the time of the Russian Revolution, Nursing Sister Ethel M. Strachan and her friend and colleague Sister Sybil Kelly were among the staff of the Anglo-Russian Hospital in Petrograd (now St Petersburg).

Dunsterforce: Kiwi soldiers in the 'Hush-Hush Brigade'

Dan Millar
Collection Technician, Online Cenotaph

Following an enquiry from Baku in Azerbaijan, a Museum volunteer researched the New Zealanders involved in a secret British military mission into the Caucasus Mountains and Northern Iran. Who were the soldiers and what was their mission?

New Zealand Memorials: Digitising Memories in Stone

Sophie Coombe
Collection Technician, Online Cenotaph

By collaborating with volunteers and other members of the public, we are working to ensure that whānau are able to connect with their ancestors and discover the exact memorial where family members are publicly remembered.

The Battle of Rafah

Gail Romano
Associate Curator, History

On 9 January 1917, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles participated in the final battle of the Sinai Campaign on the borders of Palestine - an event which changed the Middle East in ways which continue to resound today.

Christmas 1916

There were upbeat reports, Christmas care packages sent, and festivities at home - yet little in the way of real relief on the fronts.

Private Te Kuru and the Pioneers

Private Te Kuru was in the NZ Pioneer Battalion. The ‘Pioneers’ prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. The work was physically tough and dangerous.

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.