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Cenotaph Stories

  • 25 Years of Online Cenotaph

    Victoria Passau
    Online Cenotaph and Enquiry Services Manager

    Online Cenotaph has been commemorating the experiences of Aotearoa New Zealand’s military service for more than 25 years. Online Cenotaph is a collection of data relating to Aotearoa New Zealand’s operational military service including personal, biographical, demographic, social and military information. But it is much more than a collection of datapoints.

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  • A year in review: Online Cenotaph 2022

    Online Cenotaph, Victoria Passau and Madison Pine

    This year was a milestone year for Online Cenotaph celebrating both 25 years of Online Cenotaph, and also reaching over 100,000 public data contributions and 65,000 images uploaded.

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  • Sharing your stories

    May-September 2022
    Nelson Bennett, Collection Technician Research Support

    This article is part of an ongoing series in which we highlight the amazing contributions we receive at Online Cenotaph. The variety and quality of material that is contributed to records is astonishing and this is our opportunity to highlight just a few examples from May to September of 2022.

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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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  • 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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  • Records of the Fourth Force

    Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Between November 2021 and February 2022, Online Cenotaph had two dedicated transcribers working on the Records of New Zealand Seamen, also known as the Merchant Navy. Here, we share their work, and our efforts to include this fourth force in Online Cenotaph.

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  • Worth a thousand words

    Online Cenotaph encourages the contribution of information, documents and photos, as well as personal stories that portray the experiences of New Zealand service personnel. These photographs are some of the images that have recently been shared by whānau to their loved ones Online Cenotaph records.

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  • A Year in Review: Online Cenotaph 2021

    Online Cenotaph, Victoria Passau and Madison Pine

    It has been a busy year for the Online Cenotaph team, updating and creating thousands of records, working on numerous transcription projects with our Visitor Host and Volunteers, and working with all our researchers and contributors. Here, we share our accomplishments and highlights of 2021.

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  • Prisoner of War Camps WWII

    By Angus Drumm
    Sheldon Werner Summer Student

    Over this summer, Auckland War Memorial Museum welcomed seven students as part of our inaugural Sheldon Werner Summer Studentship programme. Online Cenotaph welcomed Angus Drumm, who reflects on his experience researching Prisoner of War Camps.

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  • A Year in Review: Online Cenotaph 2020

    Online Cenotaph Team

    2020 began with a team member moving to Wellington, included two lockdowns, five grant recipients, and forty one transcription projects. Here we have shared some of our accomplishments and highlights for 2020.

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