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Cenotaph Stories

  • NZIPP - RSA WWII Veteran Portrait Project

    Tony Stewart, NZIPP Project Co-ordinator

    Like many good ideas, this one started small. It was a casual discussion, conceived with a throw away remark over a beer. Chris Traill, a New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Inc (NZIPP) member from Auckland, happened to mention how good it would be if NZIPP photographed returned service personnel and the rest is history.

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  • Unknown Warrior

    This page is to commemorate those New Zealanders who did not make the journey home after serving their country overseas. It also serves as a focus of remembrance for the sacrifice made by all New Zealand servicemen and women in times of war.

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  • Mary McBeth

    Heather Downie
    Volunteer, Online Cenotaph and Pou Maumahara

    105 years ago on the 8th April, 1915 - the first fifty nurses of the newly formed New Zealand Army Nursing Service, set sail for the First World War. Online Cenotaph Volunteer Heather shares the story of one of these nurses, Mary McBeth.

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  • My Great Great Great Uncle John

    Lochie Grant
    George Street Normal School

    To remember his great great great uncle John Geary on Anzac Day this year, Lochie aged 8 from George Street Normal School wrote about his experiences at Gallipoli with the Otago Mounted Rifles.

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  • Anzac Day 2020

    Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's Anzac Day commemorations have been cancelled. The Online Cenotaph team has worked with New Zealand Historians and families to share some stories on the history of Anzac Day and veterans who have served for New Zealand.

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  • Staying connected

    Charlotte Macdonald
    History, Victoria University of Wellington

    In 2020 we are learning anew what distance and separation means. Charlotte Macdonald shows us that while distance in war time or distance to stop the spread of disease are two different reasons for separation but in both we turn to all the tools we have to stay connected, to save life as well as lives.

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  • Māori Mobilisation: Wartime, Peacetime, Covid-19-time

    Dr Aroha Harris
    University of Auckland, History Department

    Historically, major crises – whether war or disease – that took and disrupted far too many lives also generated unreservedly Māori responses, often paying attention to whānau and community health and wellbeing. Dr Aroha Harris ponders iwi Māori capacity to mobilise throughout the 20th and 21st Century.

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  • History of Poppy Day

    Dr Stephen Clarke
    Making History Ltd.

    Poppy Day is usually held on a Friday before Anzac Day and is one of the oldest nationwide appeals by a voluntary welfare organisation in New Zealand. This year is the first year the Returned and Services Association have made the difficult decision to postpone the national Poppy Day appeal. Here Dr. Stephen Clarke reflects on the History of the Poppy Day.

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  • Names not numbers

    Christopher Pugsley
    Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), ONZM, DPhil, FRHistS

    Christopher Pugsley, reflects on the upcoming Anzac Day in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how we still remember those who were killed during war and those returned service men and women from all conflicts.

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  • Centenary of the Anzac Day Act

    Dr Boxer’s Service and the Making of Anzac Day
    Dr Stephen Clarke, Making History Ltd.

    100 years ago Anzac Day 1920 — the fifth anniversary of Gallipoli — was declared the most solemn and impressive to date. Unlike the spontaneous first Anzac Day in 1916, and the muddled observances that followed, this was the result of a conscious effort to make Anzac Day 1920 a sacred day.

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