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Cenotaph Stories

  • Frederick Tucker

    By Georgina White
    Curator, Cenotaph Galleries

    Frederick Tucker enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and joined the Wellington Mounted Rifles, saying goodbye to his 13 year old daughter Mollie. It is in the archived fragments – an unfinished diary, a two-page letter to Mollie, a brief note scrawled on a souvenir – that we glimpse something more of this man.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Morning on Chunuk Bair

    Dr Christopher Pugsley

    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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  • Manava Toa: the Cook Islands in WW1

    Tūrou Tūrou `Oro Mai. Over 500 Cook Islanders fought for New Zealand in the WWI. They served with distinction but suffered great loss. Find out more about these courageous servicemen.

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  • Nada Florence Priest

    Auckland Museum

    Nada Florence Priest was born on 1 June 1922, at Waihou, New Zealand. Raised on a farm, she attended Te Aroha College, and afterwards worked for a short time for a local timber merchant. She joined the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) on 6 June 1943.

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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 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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