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Cenotaph Stories

  • 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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  • The Pacific War - 75 years on

    By Dan Millar and Madison Pine
    Collection Technicians Research Support

    In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day, we have put together some of the stories of the men and women of all of New Zealand's forces who served during the Pacific War.

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  • Goldfish Club

    By Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Their Club Motto is "Gold for the value of life. Fish for the Sea," they joined by ditching an aircraft into a body of water. These are the stories of the Goldfish Club.

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  • Our Coastwatchers

    Geraldine Warren and Madison Pine
    Collection Information and Access team

    Coastwatchers were the eyes and ears for New Zealand throughout the Moana Pacific, during the Second World War. This is the story of the Coastwatchers, and of John Jones who fought for official recognition of their service. *Please be aware this article does contain sensitive material relating to the Tarawa Massacre*

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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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  • 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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  • Kia mahi tahi tātou - COVID-19 Transcription

    Victoria Passau, Collection Manager Online Cenotaph

    Auckland Museum closed to the public from Friday 22 March 2020 in response to the country entering COVID-19 Alert Level 4. This meant a number of our front-line staff and volunteers required work they could complete from home. Here is what they got up to.

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  • Mary McBeth

    Heather Downie
    Volunteer, Online Cenotaph and Pou Maumahara

    105 years ago on the 8th April, 1915 - the first fifty nurses of the newly formed New Zealand Army Nursing Service, set sail for the First World War. Online Cenotaph Volunteer Heather shares the story of one of these nurses, Mary McBeth.

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  • My Great Great Great Uncle John

    Lochie Grant
    George Street Normal School

    To remember his great great great uncle John Geary on Anzac Day this year, Lochie aged 8 from George Street Normal School wrote about his experiences at Gallipoli with the Otago Mounted Rifles.

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  • Ian Lewis Ruxton Wilson

    By Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Collection Technician Madison Pine interviews Angela Ruxton Caughey, who was contacted through Online Cenotaph by a member of the public helping her family to locate her brother's grave site.

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