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Cenotaph Stories

  • Honouring outstanding gallantry

    Victoria Passau
    Collection Manager, Online Cenotaph

    On Sunday 16 May 2021 a private ceremony was held in the World War II Hall of Memories. The ceremony marked the end of a 50-year campaign, by Norman Fry and Brian Monks, to gain recognition for their comrades.

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  • Anzac Day 2021

    This year we highlight the contributions made by servicewomen in World War II and after. 2021 marks two significant anniversaries involving servicewomen: the establishment of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (formed 16 January 1941) and the landing in Japan of the main body of Jayforce (March 1946). The legacy left by these women paved the way for the thousands of women serving today.

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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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  • 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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  • Jayforce: 75 Years On

    By Gail Romano
    Associate Curator, History

    To mark seventy five years since the arrival of Jayforce in Japan. Gail Romano, shares some of the stories of those who served in Japan in recognition of their service.

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  • Purple Poppy Day


    This page is to acknowledge the war animals who served and died during times of war. Please feel free to leave a message or lay a purple poppy to commemorate those war animals who served and supported our military personnel.

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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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  • Evacuation of Gallipoli

    By Glyn Harper
    Excerpt from Johnny Enzed: The New Zealand Solider in the First World War 1914-1918 (First World War Centenary History series)

    In this excerpt from Johnny Enzed: The New Zealand Soldier in First World War, Glyn Harper shares some of the experiences and emotions of New Zealand Soldiers in preparing to evacuate Gallipoli on the 15 December 1915.

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  • Cenotaph Stories: Contemporary Reflections

    We aim to capture contemporary responses to COVID-19 by exploring the similarities, parallels, and perspectives that emerge from considering the pandemic response in the contexts of peace and conflict, and remembrance and commemoration.

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  • Corporal William George Lowther: ‘the least visited Kiwi on the peninsula’

    Dr Christopher Pugsley

    Being commemorated at The Farm Cemetery, the most difficult of plots to access, Corporal W Lowther, of Auckland Bnis probably the least visited Kiwi on the peninsula. Chris Pugsley in conversation with his old friends Bill and Serpil Sellars.

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