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flag, fundraising

human history
  • Other Name

    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, with plaque.

    Flag; 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
  • Associated Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
  • Other Id

    F016 (flag)


    1929.432 (accession number)

  • Department
flag, fundraising, 1929.332, F016, W0414, 1929.432

Images and documents



  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, F016
  • Primary Maker

     Mrs Agnes Keary (Embroiderer)

  • Place
  • Date
  • Associated 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 names 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."

  • Associated Event
    WW1; 1914-1918
    Queen Carnival; Nov 1915; Auckland/New Zealand
  • Associated Person
  • Associated Place
  • Associated Date
  • Period
  • Media/Materials
  • Measurement Description
    3-1/2 yard flag
    5'5" x 11'0"
    1650mm x 3060mm
  • Measurement Reading



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  • Last Update
    11 Apr 2024
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