Topic: War Archives Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)
As part of Local History Week and the 40th Anniversary of Nga Wahi Rangahau Research Collections, archivist Stephanie Smith gave a talk on the war archives to be found in Research Collections on Thursday 29 September 2016. Text and photographs: Debbie McCauley.
Cannonball from Gate Pa. A cannonball fired as a practice round well after the Battle of Gate Pa at Pukehinahina. The projectiles fired during the battle would have been explosive shells, not solid shot. This large cannonball weighs 29.8 kg which converts to 65.7 lbs (perhaps an irregular 64-pdr ball).
Souvenir of the New Zealand Second Contingent for the Transvaal (January 1900). The booklet contains photographs of each soldier. On the last page is a poem by Rudyard Kipling, 'The Absent-Minded Beggar', set to music by Gilbert & Sullivan. On the back cover is a photograph of the Premier - The Right Hon. R J Seddon.
Na-Poo, Perhaps!: Resume of the Diggers' Doings on H.M.N.Z.T. 97 (1918). A magazine edited by Lieut. Walker produced on board for troops returning on board S.S. Tahiti (H.M.N.Z.T. 97) (Sladden 940.483 NAP).
Lights Out, or, The Dark Doings of the "Thirty-Ninths" (Ferguson's own) (1918). New Zealand troopship magazine.
Tri-colour Day in New Zealand: Its Meaning, Its Aims, Its Results (1916) by L J Du Flou-Mestdagh. Published in aid of the French Red Cross funds. Includes photographs and lists of committee members for the New Zealand branches of the British Red Cross Society in New Zealand towns and cities.
Kia Ora Coo-ee (1918). A magazine written and edited by Australian and New Zealand troops serving in Egypt, Palestine, Salonica and Mesopotamia. It was was printed in Cairo and appeared in monthly issues between March and December 1918. With ten issues, albeit all in a single year, it seems to have been the service magazine with the longest and most regular record of publication.
The Diary of Arnold Henfrey Watson (1918). Pongakawa farmer Arnold Watson had always been interested in drawing, painting and natural history. During World War I he was with the 19th Mounted Reinforcements before being drafted into the 15th NZ Company of the Imperial Camel Corps, where he remained until it was disbanded in mid-1918. The Corps distinguished itself in the Sinai and Palestine campaigns by helping to protect the Suez Canal from the Ottoman Empire. Arnold's diary is richly illustrated with his observations.
Salonika Aerial Photographs (1914-1918). A fold out series of three photographs that belonged to town planner Robert Thomson Goulding (1886-1987). After spending time in Auckland studying and working in the City Engineer's Office he was sent to Tauranga in 1909 to carry out triangulation work for the Government. Robert became part of the Hauraki Regiment and 8th Survey Company, Royal Engineers during the First World War and present at Gallipoli and Salonika. After the war ended he returned to Tauranga to live. The library also holds his pay book.