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Auckland Museum will reopen Sunday 7 March

We look forward to welcoming you back on Sunday when our doors open at 9AM. To plan your Level 2 visit, click here.

Cenotaph Stories

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Reflections in the Port: Pandemics & the Moana Cosmopolitan

    Emily Parr
    Contemporary Reflections Grant Recipient

    Emily Parr reflects on the fifty three years that have passed between her and her great-great-grandmother; Louisa Kronfeld, and the stories and experiences that connect them across the Moananui-a-Kiwa.

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  • Names not numbers

    Christopher Pugsley
    Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), ONZM, DPhil, FRHistS

    Christopher Pugsley, reflects on the upcoming Anzac Day in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how we still remember those who were killed during war and those returned service men and women from all conflicts.

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  • Centenary of the Anzac Day Act

    Dr Boxer’s Service and the Making of Anzac Day
    Dr Stephen Clarke, Making History Ltd.

    100 years ago Anzac Day 1920 — the fifth anniversary of Gallipoli — was declared the most solemn and impressive to date. Unlike the spontaneous first Anzac Day in 1916, and the muddled observances that followed, this was the result of a conscious effort to make Anzac Day 1920 a sacred day.

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  • Reflections from Māhia

    Jason Renes
    Contemporary Reflections Grant Recipient

    The link between Rongomaiwahine’s fight against COVID-19 and my whanaunga’s World War 1 experience is how the memory of loss leads to the protection of whakapapa. In this piece Jason Renes explores his whānau biography and the memory of loss.

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  • Language from the First World War

    Glyn Harper
    Professor of War Studies at Massey University

    As we're all confined to quarters, spare a thought for those who spent months and years in the squalid environs of the First World War. Just as words like 'lockdown' and 'bubble' have come to define our COVID-19 lives, war spawned a new, often times humorous, language to describe the miserable, dangerous and peculiar world that soldiers found themselves in.

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