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Cenotaph Stories

  • A Gallipoli conversation after Anzac Day 2020

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    Bill and Serpil Sellars are old friends of Chris Pugsley who live in Eceabat (Maidos)– the small village and ferry terminal on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Bill emailed Chris on 25 April 2020. This is part of the discussion that followed and the story that unfolded.

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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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  • 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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  • 70th Anniversary of the Korean War

    By Daniel Millar and Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Online Cenotaph

    The 25th of June 2020 marks the 70th Anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War. Collection Technician Dan Millar looks at the contribution New Zealand service personnel made during Korea, a conflict of fire and ice.

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  • A Morning on Chunuk Bair

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    On the 8th August 2015, Dr Christopher Pugsley, watched as the sun rose over the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and wrote about the legacy of these events one hundred years on. On the 105th anniversary of Chunuk Bair we re-share his touching tribute to all those who were lost on this day.

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  • Kāre e ngaropōina ia mātou a rātou e tuātau `uātu

    By William Kainana Cuthers
    Researcher and Academic Writer

    In celebration of Cook Islands Language Week William Cuthers Researcher and Academic Writer has written a piece celebrating the language of the Cook Islands and commemorating the service of the Cook Islands ancestors who served. He is introduced by Arerangi Tongia

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

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    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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  • Treaty of Versailles

    Peace Treaty with a Terrible Reputation
    Glyn Harper Professor of War Studies Massey University

    One Hundred and one years ago, on the 28th June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Here, Professor Glyn Harper, of Massey University examines some of the consequences of the 1919 Treaty and challenges the arguments that it was a direct cause of the Second World War. 

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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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  • 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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