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Cenotaph Stories

  • Support Online Cenotaph

    December 2021 marked 25 years of Online Cenotaph. The Museum is working hard to expand the voices being shared on Online Cenotaph so that more of our communities can access this taonga. We are so excited to recognise this significant milestone in digital commemoration, but we need your help to fulfil our potential for years to come.

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  • Tongan Defence Force

    Nelson Bennett
    Collection Technician - Research Support

    The Tongan Defence Force was a major part of Tonga's response to the Second World War, a conflict that would result in massive change in the Kingdom. The Tongans generously opened their lands to the Allies, and the Tongan Defence Force played an important role both overseas and at home.

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  • Serious business: Women in the Army

    Gail Romano
    Associate Curator, War History

    July 2022 marked the 80th Anniversary of the formation of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. Formed in July 1942, it was the last of the three women's services to be established. In this article, Gail Romano (Associate Curator) discusses the history of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps from its inception.

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  • Ngāti Raukawa Sacrifice and Suffering in 20th Century Wars

    Te Kenehi Teira and Heeni Collins
    Ngāti Raukawa

    Despite large loss of land and disregard from the Crown in the 19th century, 50 years later Ngāti Raukawa men were enlisting in large numbers to fight in World War One, and later World War Two. This article outlines the research conducted by Te Kenehi Teira and Heeni Collins as part of a report commissioned by Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Wellington (Wai 2200 Porirua ki Manawatu Inquiry).

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  • Lieutenant Commander (Ret) Ralph John McNabb

    Victoria Passau, Online Cenotaph & Enquiry Service Manager

    Lieutenant Commander (Ret) Ralph John McNabb served in the Royal New Zealand Navy for 46 years between 1973 and 2021. His impressive institutional knowledge is a true asset to New Zealand Naval research.

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  • 25 years of Online Cenotaph

    December 2021 marked 25 years of Online Cenotaph. It is amazing to think that we have been telling the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand’s military veterans and their comrades for a quarter century.  We are so excited to recognise this significant milestone in digital commemoration.

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  • Marguerite Durling : Associate Emerita of the Auckland War Memorial Museum

    David Reeves & Marguerite Durling

    Marguerite Durling, one of our amazing Online Cenotaph volunteer transcribers, recently received an Associate Emerita of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The Museum Medals 2021 ceremony was held in the Events Centre on Tuesday 28 June 2022. We are publishing Marguerite's speech below, as well as the introduction given by David Reeves, Director of Collections & Research.

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  • Always in my thoughts

    By Nelson Bennett
    Collection Technician Research Support

    "You are always in my thoughts" was how Richard Grace signed off one of his letters to his dear friend Alice. Their emotional letters exchanged during the First World War was featured in our recent Love & Loss exhibition, this article shares more about the experiences of Richard and his two brothers who served for New Zealand during WWI.

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  • Anzac Day Contributions

    Over Anzac Day we received numerous contributions of images, notes, and more as people shared precious details. Here, we have highlighted some of the beautiful photographs contributed to Online Cenotaph by loved ones.

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  • 80th Anniversary of the Women's Royal New Zealand Naval Service

    By Hannah Pym and Madison Pine

    In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the establishment of the Women's Royal New Zealand Navy. We have highlighted the many roles of Wrens during the Second World War, and the legacy of their service post-WWII.

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