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Cenotaph Stories

  • 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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  • Lest We Forget: A Personal Story

    For our annual Lest We Forget Poetry competition we asked writers to respond to the theme of A Personal Story. Encouraging writers to visit Online Cenotaph for inspiration through the personal stories of service men and women. Here we share this year's winning entries.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Farewell John Arthur Ross

    We acknowledge the passing of Merchant Navy man John Arthur Ross (15 May 1925-5 February 2021). John volunteered at Auckland War Memorial Museum since the opening of the Armoury Information Centre in 1996 until his retirement in 2017. He was a stalwart of the Swanson RSA and will be sorely missed.

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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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  • 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. (Reissued 5 October 2021).

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