It is always wonderful when a customer comes to the Central Auckland Research Centre with a family history query that results in the staff learning more about the materials held in our collections. Recently, we had a person researching soldiers with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force that served in the Pacific Islands.
Beyond our expanding collection of Pacific Island family history materials, these additional resources were ‘discovered’ within the Research Centre that are noteworthy.
|Ref: AWNS-19431013-22-1, Soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Pacific, 1943, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
The Pacific Islands Year Books (available for 1932 to 1959) are a good source of general information about the island groups. The editions, which include a Who's Who section, contain biographical entries of individuals who have contributed to the Pacific communities.
|Ref: Front cover of the first edition, 1932, Auckland Libraries.|
As a Kiwi who has never visited the States
I have often tried to visualise its scenes,
And judging by the rations that we find upon our plates,
The only crop they grow there must be beans.
We have beans cooked with bacon, and have beans dished up with hash,
How I often wish we had a change of greens,
Or perhaps a large and tasty dish of sausages and mash
As a change from endless dixies full of beans and beans and beans.
~ Pte. Douglas Joseph "Deejay" Grindlay
If you are unable to come into the Central Auckland Research Centre, this series is also available for reading online through the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection (NZETC) along with many other war histories. The appendix to the Pacific Kiwis includes the 30th Battalion Roll of soldiers who sailed on the Rangatira.
My colleague recommends a very useful feature when using the NZETC, which is the ability to do a name search in 'this document' or 'this corpus' for more precise search results.