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Cenotaph Stories

  • William Smallfield

    Find out how the discovery of a WWI soldier's jerkin in a suburban English garage led to a journey to reunite the waistcoat with the family in New Zealand.

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  • Charlotte Le Gallais

    Charlotte Le Gallais nursed at Auckland Hospital and was one of ten nurses selected for the first voyage of the New Zealand Hospital Ship 'Maheno' bound for Gallipoli in 1915.

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  • David Tevita Loma

    David Tevita Loma's Military Service record states that he was the Assistant Harbour Master for the Tongan Government when he enlisted in May 1916.

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  • Francis Bernard Enwright

    Francis (Frank) was born on 28 December 1893 in Thames, New Zealand. He survived the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April but was shot in the shoulder. His conditioned worsened and he died in hospital on 28 May.

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  • Daphne Commons

    Daphne Commons was one of 50 nurses who went away in April 1915 as part of the New Zealand Army. They left on the ship Rotorua, bound for England.

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  • Stuart Alexander Maireriki Campbell

    Much of what we know about Stuart Campbell comes from his brother's stories and poetry. Ella Johnson draws together the threads from these sources to write a history of her Great Uncle's military service.

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  • The birth of the Royal New Zealand Navy

    This year is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Royal New Zealand Navy. To mark the occasion, we've delved into our collection to highlight some of the ships and service people that helped found New Zealand's modern navy.

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  • WW100

    The centenary of New Zealand's participation in the First World War will be marked from 2014-2019 by commemorative events throughout New Zealand. Find out what's happening near you.

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  • Ella Cooke

    Ella's plans for a working holiday in England were dashed by the outbreak of war in 1914. Listen to excepts from Ella's diary where she talks about her time in the French Flag Nursing Corps.

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  • 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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