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Tauranga City Libraries: World War One Display (4 August 2014).
On 4 August 2014 Tauranga City Libraries displayed World War I (1914-1918) related paraphernalia to commemorate the start of the
Armistice Day: Tauranga (2014).
Tauranga's 'Field of Remembrance' comprises 107 white crosses in memory of the men from the Tauranga Area who died during
From Tauranga to the Trenches (exhibition).
The ‘From Tauranga to the Trenches' exhibition showcases Tauranga World War I history.
World War I Memorial: St George’s Church (Gate Pā).
Three memorials at St George’s Anglican Memorial Church in Gate Pā stand in tribute to members of the Tauranga and
The Bay of Plenty Times Building, The Strand (c1870s).
These days the Bay of Plenty Times count’s itself among New Zealand's largest daily newspapers, but for many years its
Armistice Day: Tauranga (2014).
In 2014 Armistice Day in Tauranga was remembered with a ceremony at 11am outside Greerton Hall in front of the
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The information on this timeline was collected by Fiona Kean and appears on the WW100 Tauranga Facebook page.
AAA Lisa Cramond - Tractor On Beach.
Peter Cramond's latest exhibition 'Disturbing Calm' comes from a difficult period in the artist's life where he reflects on life's
Eric Corbett (1886-1918) .
World War I Rifleman Eric Corbett died of his wounds in France on 17 July 1918. His parents were Bowyer
George Charles William Davies was working at Alex Findlay's garage in Tauranga when he joined up for World War I.
Rifleman Charles Davies .
Rifleman Davies, "The Dinks" served in the member of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF). He was injured by a
Mauao and Environs by Lee Switzer (21).
Librarian Lee Switzer captured the following images of Mauao and environs over the course of two years.
William Storrier Dashwood (1921-2006).
Tauranga man William Storrier Dashwood was taken Prisoner of War during World War II. "Generally we went hungry, we suffered
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Photographer: Lee Switzer. Image captured in Auckland during the 1976 ANZAC Day commemorations.
ANZAC DAY Mount Maunganui 2012 (10).
Photographer: Lee Switzer. The 2012 ANZAC Day dawn service at the Mount Maunganui Cenotaph on Marine Parade which marked the
Private John Tims was aged 27 when he was killed during the Battle of Te Ranga.
Frank William Yearbury (1895-1918) .
Frank William Yearbury was killed in action in Somme, France, on 5 April 1918. Later that same year his wife
A review of Write Fantastic Nonfiction & Get it Published by Claire Gillman) (Teach Yourself Series)
Tauranga World War One nurse Catherine Gibbons Blackie was on board the 'Marquette' when it was torpedoed by a German
Kenneth Wrigley Commons (1894-1915).
Kenneth Wrigley Commons was born in Tauranga in 1894. He was reported missing, believed dead, at Gallipoli in 1915.
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Several names of those killed during World War I are missing from Tauranga's war memorials. This page is an attempt
Flying ace Clive Franklyn Collett was also the British Military's first person to jump from an airplane with a parachute
George Victor Clark (1897-1960).
George Victor Clark was a Machine Gunner and Bugler during World War I. The information in this article was compiled
Harold Clark (1884-1963).
Tauranga man Harold Clark received a leg wound whilst serving as a private during World War I (1914-1915). Over the
Elizabeth Anne Brownlie (1852-1933).
The Brownlie family emigrated to New Zealand aboard the 'Mary Shepard' in 1864 and came to live in Tauranga. Elizabeth
John Angus Clark (1847-1912).
John Angus Clark was brought to New Zealand by grandparents after the sinking of his Father's ship 'Helen' on Pitt
Thomas Clemson (1871-1916).
Thomas Clemson was a farmer at Gate Pa in Tauranga. He signed up for World War I and was killed
Leslie Harvey Clark (1891-1915) .
Leslie Harvey Clark (1891-1915) was born in Tauranga in 1891 and was a plumber for the Tauranga Borough Council. At
Raymond John Baker (1890-1915).
Raymond John Baker (Private 12/311) enlisted at Tauranga on 14 August 1914. He was reported missing, believed dead, on 25
HH Glasspool WWI RNVR 14-0384.
Herbert (Bertie) Henry Glasspool (R.N.V.R) was born 31 May 1890. Early in the First World War he signed up with
Roy Crowther was born in Plymouth England on August 26 1896. His father was Major Edward Samuel Dashwood Crowther who
Arthur Whyte WWI Trooper.
Trooper Arthur Whyte (11/449) served in the First World War as a Trooper in the Wellington Mounted Rifles.
Alexander James Mirrielees (1878-1972).
In October 2013 the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Regimental Association Committee was successful in obtaining the medal of Major A. J.
This poem by former Tauranga City Archivist, William Edward Morris (1913-1999), appeared in his book of poetry entitled 'Treadmill of
International Literacy Day 2014.
Librarian Jocelyn Mist writes about International Literacy Day (2014) - the day that the Mayor's chair went to Red Square

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Tauranga City Libraries is facilitating an online digital ‘knowledge basket’  Tauranga Memories  to capture the spirit  of Tauranga and its communities. Our vision is to capture these memories through your personal stories, photographs, video and audio footage.

It could be the stories of your migration or photos of a Tauranga event that you may have attended. Both individuals and community groups are welcome to contribute.So come join us in creating a vibrant resource that captures that true spirit of Tauranga, creating a legacy for our future generations to enjoy. For more details, email Tauranga Memories.



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