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Cenotaph Stories

  • 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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  • Language from the First World War

    Glyn Harper
    Professor of War Studies at Massey University

    As we're all confined to quarters, spare a thought for those who spent months and years in the squalid environs of the First World War. Just as words like 'lockdown' and 'bubble' have come to define our COVID-19 lives, war spawned a new, often times humorous, language to describe the miserable, dangerous and peculiar world that soldiers found themselves in.

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  • Sani Lakatani

    Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    In June 2020, Madison sat down with the Malaya and Vietnam Veteran Sani Lakatani, to discuss his two major colourful careers with the New Zealand Army and in Niuean Politics.

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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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  • Middle East Troopship Convoys 2NZEF 1939-1945

    Michael Ward
    Public Researcher

    When did 2NZEF troopships depart for the Middle East? What course did they follow? What were their ports of call? This information is presented here for the first time by researcher Michael Ward.

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  • Tuakeo Terongo

    By Dan Millar and Madison Pine
    Collection Technicians, Research Support

    Amazingly the only known photograph of Cook Island soldier Private Tuakeo Terongo had re-emerged almost 100 years after his death.

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  • McNeil Brothers on Gallipoli

    Gail Romano
    Associate Curator, Human History

    In commemoration of the 105th anniversary of Chunuk Bair, Associate Curator Gail Romano reflects on the lasting legacies of the McNeil Brothers, and how often the way into the lives of those who are lost to the past is through the material objects they have left behind.

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  • 70th Anniversary of the Korean War

    By Daniel Millar and Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Online Cenotaph

    The 25th of June 2020 marks the 70th Anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War. Collection Technician Dan Millar looks at the contribution New Zealand service personnel made during Korea, a conflict of fire and ice.

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  • A Morning on Chunuk Bair

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    On the 8th August 2015, Dr Christopher Pugsley, watched as the sun rose over the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and wrote about the legacy of these events one hundred years on. On the 105th anniversary of Chunuk Bair we re-share his touching tribute to all those who were lost on this day.

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  • A journey to the archives

    Victoria Passau, Collection Manager Online Cenotaph

    Online Cenotaph is shifting its Collection objectives to focus on non-Army records as well as more recent conflicts. This article outlines our journey to the Wellington archives.

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