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Cenotaph Stories

  • 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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  • Wishes came true for a truly nice person

    Pauline Weeks
    Online Cenotaph Volunteer

    Many women who signed up to ‘do their bit’ in World War Two were also looking for excitement, a career move, a chance to go overseas or wanted to join other family members who were also serving. Muriel Isabella Moss Borthwick (Anderson) achieved all these wishes.

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  • World War Voices - identifying speakers in wartime radio recordings

    By Sarah Johnston
    Sound History Researcher (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rākaipaaka)

    During the Second World War the National Broadcasting Service Mobile Unit recorded interviews and reports about the fighting and the day-to-day business of war, as well as thousands of simple messages home from servicemen – and a few women. Sound History Researcher, Sarah Johnston explores their stories.

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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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  • WWII Veteran Portraits' - New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers

    Tony Stewart
    NZIPP Project Coordinator

    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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  • Samuel Frank Noon

    Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Online Cenotaph

    Samuel Frank Noon, was a Malaya and Thailand Veteran, he was devoted to the Veteran community and played a significant role helping to organise the Auckland War Memorial Museum Anzac Day ceremony. In March 2019, Madison Pine spoke to Eileen Noon about her beloved husband Sam.

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  • Contemplating commemoration in a digital world

    Victoria Passau
    Collection Manager, Online Cenotaph

    This article considers commemoration, distance, digital collections, & archival ethics—important questions for these strange times.

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