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Tonny Brinkman: Sand Collector

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

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.

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.

​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.

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.

High-flying fashion

Cabin crew uniforms form an important part of a carriers' identity; this is certainly true for our national airlines where they've long played a starring role. ​ ​

​Thomas Cheeseman's travelling writing case​

​This travelling writing case belonged to Thomas Frederick Cheeseman. A keen botanist, he was the first director of the Auckland Institute and Museum and travelled throughout New Zealand, collecting and recording plants, and observing the geographical terrain. ​​

The Auckland Museum frieze: Scenes of war

The frieze wrapping around the exterior of the Auckland War Memorial Museum building skilfully blends ancient with modern to bring the timelessness and grandeur of Ancient Greece together with the story of New Zealanders in WWI and WWII. ​

The Coral Route

New Zealand's first package holiday in the Pacific was a glamorous island hop known as the Coral Route. In 1951, Tasman Empire Airways Ltd launched a flying boat service from Auckland to Papeete in Tahiti.

Flags

Scraps of fabric they may be, but flags can broadcast powerful messages. The Museum's collection includes flags used for a variety of purposes, each a statement waiting to be interpreted.

The Battle of Passchendaele

Find out why this major World War One battle took place and how it led to two of New Zealand's greatest tragedies amid dreadful conditions.