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Cenotaph Stories

  • Data Guidelines

    Online Cenotaph was established by Auckland War Memorial Museum in 1996 and since then we have collaborated with many organisations and individuals to create and enrich the database records.

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  • I am the process not the product

    Dina Jezdic
    Contemporary Reflections Grant Recipient

    Dina Jezdic reflects on her experiences as a child leaving Belgrade and arriving in New Zealand, and how New Zealand's first Covid-19 lock down transported her mind back to memories of Belgrade, and those times of constant awareness of politics and uncertainty.

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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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  • 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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  • Reflections in the Port: Pandemics & the Moana Cosmopolitan

    Emily Parr
    Contemporary Reflections Grant Recipient

    Emily Parr reflects on the fifty three years that have passed between her and her great-great-grandmother; Louisa Kronfeld, and the stories and experiences that connect them across the Moananui-a-Kiwa.

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  • Reflections from Māhia

    Jason Renes
    Contemporary Reflections Grant Recipient

    The link between Rongomaiwahine’s fight against COVID-19 and my whanaunga’s World War 1 experience is how the memory of loss leads to the protection of whakapapa. In this piece Jason Renes explores his whānau biography and the memory of loss.

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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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  • 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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  • Niuean Service Personnel

    List of identified Niuean Service personnel who have service with the New Zealand Armed Forces, during both the First World War, Second World War and later conflicts.

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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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