Since its foundation in 1852, the Auckland Museum has taken on many roles, including that of a War Memorial to those who served from the Auckland province. The Cenotaph and Halls of Memory dedicated to the fallen soldiers are enhanced by rich collections in the museum itself. These collections range from military uniforms and weaponry to diaries and photographs - all reflecting on the realitities of war, with a strong emphasis on the representation of New Zealanders in conflict.
As we mark 100 years since the 25 April landings, Auckland War Memorial Museum continues to link the past to the present day, sharing its collections and maintaining a presence in the lives of both Auckland residents and visitors to our city. It is a cultural icon and a meeting place for both discussion and remembrance.
'There is an air of expectant calm; no evidence of artillery fire or shot and shell, just a scene that suggests a successful landing... all of that would change by the afternoon, and the keen young men in these photographs would end the day fighting for their lives.' --Christopher Pugsley