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Cenotaph Stories

  • 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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  • 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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  • Anzac Day 2020

    Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's Anzac Day commemorations have been cancelled. The Online Cenotaph team has worked with New Zealand Historians and families to share some stories on the history of Anzac Day and veterans who have served for New Zealand.

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  • The lost Airmen of 41 Squadron

    By Douglas "Scotty" Wingfield
    Researcher

    Over the thirteen years of the Vietnam War, 41 Squadron RNZAF made 1,979 landings into the conflict. Scotty Wingfield's research helps Airmen to receive their Vietnam Medals and Vietnam Veteran status.

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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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  • A Menagerie of Mascots

    By Heather Downie
    Volunteer, Online Cenotaph and Pou Maumahara

    Our volunteer Heather, writes about a Menagerie of Mascots who fought alongside their friends and masters throughout the First and Second World Wars.

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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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  • 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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  • James Herbert Golding Alp

    By Barbara Alp

    Barbara Alp shares fond memories of her father Captain James Herbert Golding Alp (30991) who served in the Infantry Brigade during the Second World War and returned to work at the Serjeant Art Gallery.

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