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Cenotaph Stories

  • Staying connected

    Charlotte Macdonald
    History, Victoria University of Wellington

    In 2020 we are learning anew what distance and separation means. Charlotte Macdonald shows us that while distance in war time or distance to stop the spread of disease are two different reasons for separation but in both we turn to all the tools we have to stay connected, to save life as well as lives.

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  • 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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  • An Invisible History: Wāhine Māori in the Air Force during World War II

    By Stacey Fraser and Angela Wanhalla (Kāi Tahu)
    History Programme, University of Otago

    'The Style for you is Air Force Blue' was the recruitment tag-line for the New Zealand Women's Auxiliary Air Force, established on the 16th January 1941. In this article Angela Wanhalla and Stacey Fraser from University of Otago look at the formation of the WAAFs and Wāhine Māori who served in the Air Force during the Second World War, who's history has largely been invisible.

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  • Back in my day, flour was a precious commodity!

    FotuoSamoa Jody Jackson-Becerra
    Contemporary Reflections Grant Recipient

    "Gather around tamaiti, because I have a story to tell." FotuoSamoa Jody Jackson-Becerra shares a talatu’u, a story about a time, when everything changed. The year was 2020.

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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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  • Māori Mobilisation: Wartime, Peacetime, Covid-19-time

    Dr Aroha Harris
    University of Auckland, History Department

    Historically, major crises – whether war or disease – that took and disrupted far too many lives also generated unreservedly Māori responses, often paying attention to whānau and community health and wellbeing. Dr Aroha Harris ponders iwi Māori capacity to mobilise throughout the 20th and 21st Century.

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  • History of Poppy Day

    Dr Stephen Clarke
    Making History Ltd.

    Poppy Day is usually held on a Friday before Anzac Day and is one of the oldest nationwide appeals by a voluntary welfare organisation in New Zealand. This year is the first year the Returned and Services Association have made the difficult decision to postpone the national Poppy Day appeal. Here Dr. Stephen Clarke reflects on the History of the Poppy Day.

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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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  • Life on the curve: stories of essential workers in times of war

    Virginia Gow
    Contemporary Reflections Grant Recipient

    Virginia Gow comes from a family of medical specialists and essential health workers, some who served in the First World War and the 1918 influenza pandemic, allows for an interesting outsider-insider vantage point on the concept that our fight against Covid-19 has been like a war.

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