Military Monday:- 2014 Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge

2014 is a significant year, with August being the 100th anniversary of beginning of WWI.

Countries around the world are preparing to take part and contribute to commemorations. Many institutions have instigated projects to record memories and consolidate resources, particular online.

Have a look at what Heritage and Research at Auckland Libraries "Our boys, their families" has developed to assist you! Feel free to download to your computer.

ANZAC Day is the day that is a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died during armed conflict.

This is the fourth year that Auckland Libraries and the Kintalk blog have issued a Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge.

Do you have a story to share about an ANZAC? 

Stories we'd like to hear about could be about their sacrifice, or the way it shaped or impacted on their family history. Maybe you want to blog from the perspective of those that were left behind?

Your story doesn't have to involve a serviceperson who lost their lives - during times of war, all sorts of loss unfortunately are experienced. 

And you can write about those who also served in other wars, as all who served in Australia and New Zealand are recognised as ANZACs.

Maybe you have written about your ANZAC before, and have more research to add to the story?

To participate:
  • Write a blog post about an Australian or New Zealander serviceman or woman's family, and the impact war had on their family history
  • Post a comment with the URL to your blog on the comments section of this post.
    Or if you don't have a blog then email us your story at
  • Publish your post by 26 April 2015.

After ANZAC Day, all submissions will be listed in a summary posting on Auckland Libraries' Kintalk blog.

Just to get you started, see recommended resources for New Zealand and Australian research, within the Auckland Libraries Digital Resources. 

Access great online resources: 
Coming Home virtual exhibition 
The virtual exhibition consists of "albums" containing photos/images and documents. Virtual albums entitled "Gallipoli", "Lest We Forget", "New Zealand Maori Battalion", "Peace", "Postcards" and "Returned Services Association". Also has a portal for searching content nationwide from organizations such as libraries, archives, museums and galleries, including Auckland Libraries. Courtesy DigitalNZ. 

Index Auckland and New Zealand Card Index 
For references to articles and other resources regarding WWI and WWII. 

Manuscripts Online 
For diaries, letters, postcards and albums

And Papers Past and Trove for newspapers of the time.

Within the library catalogue: Auckland Libraries, search using World War, 1914-1918 or World War, 1939-1945 to find suitable resources. 

Searching using WWI or WWII etc will return you wonderful results of holdings throughout the whole of Auckland Libraries, which you can narrow down by location by using the "select location" dropdown menu on the right of screen. For example, available in all four Research Centres:- CentralSouth (Manukau) and West (Waitakere) and North (Takapuna) are gems such as:

Try searching our library catalogue, using call number: 2 NZL MIL for more

You'll also find Australian resources in the Central Auckland Research Centre; for example:

For other sites, look at:

Helen Vail's blog 100 NZ WW1 Memorials 1914-2014 is a mine of information about WW1 memorials, and individuals that she has researched. Helen's goal is to personally visit and collate information from 100 New Zealand World War One Memorials throughout New Zealand by August 2014 to commemorate the 100 year Anniversary of the start of World War One and to honour those who paid the ultimate price.

Here are contributions from the three earlier years:

Have a look at Auckland War Memorial Museum's Armoury Resources page, and search the Cenotaph database.

Hopefully this will inspire you and provide you with some assistance in writing your blog!

The centenary of the First World War - 2014-2018
While thinking about your blog, remember that  2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. 
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage is developing projects to assist with commemorations, WW100 is providing a portal for New Zealanders who want to be involved in the commemorations, and NZ History Online provides a place for our school children to go to for homework and study assistance.
You may already have read about the launch of New Zealand's WW100 on our sister blog Heritage et AL .

Its worth considering how else you might want to contribute to commemorating, and ensuring that your stories are collected.

Each country will have its own WW100 commemorations, so if your ancestor was involved serving for another country, see what you can find out about that that country is doing.

Have a look at Britain Remembers, and the Imperial War Memorial Museum's Lives of the First World War and also look at what's going on in UK public libraries.

FindMyPastAU and Inside History magazine have a joint initiative to create an ANZAC Memory Bank  and invite people to contribute.

Blog away

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34 Responses to “Military Monday:- 2014 Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge”

  1. Thanks Seonaid. Count me in again this year and I have also mentioned it in the latest Diary of an Australian Genealogist so I hope you get lots of bloggers!

    1. Thanks so much Shauna - really looking forward to this year's entry from you! :-)

  2. Seonaid, I'm doing it too. Will let you know when it's done.

  3. My entry is at

    Pauleen Cass suggested I post here


    1. Thanks for your contribution Anne, much appreciated. Seems your Leslie Leister provided you with a real mystery to resolve! Real detective work.

  4. I wrote this post to share via the Worldwide Genealogy blog (collaborative posts), what Anzac Day means to Australia and New Zealand. It is general but includes some family photos.

    1. Thanks so much Pauleen, its a great post. It gives people some indication of how Australian and New Zealand families were impacted. A great tribute to your family.

  5. Hi Seonaid here is my contribution to the challenge this year

    1. Thanks Shauna for your contribution. Wonder why he chose the name Jack Russell?

  6. Hi Seonaid, here is my challenge contribution , a tribute to Walter Kinghorn of Byaduk, Victoria killed during the Battle of Beersheba. Merron

  7. Hi Seonaid, here is my contribution to the Trans-Tasman ANZAC Blog,


  8. Hi, my contribution the the ANZAC day blog.

    Regards Fran
    My blog on my family history & my travels

  9. Hi Seonaid

    Complete! Here is my entry - The Plight of Family Memorials


    1. Hi Sandy - I was fortunate enough to take a picture of the grave in Parkes of my husband's great great grandparents in 2009. Their grandson is memorialised on it. Sadly the grave was vandalised by some youths in Parkes in 2010. They smashed the grave in two. It could not be repaired so that it stood upright again. A local monumental mason attempted to repair it but they advised me that because it is a marble piece it is too soft and too hollow to drill and pin it. They picked it up off the ground and laid it flat. It was broken 2/3 up and unfortunately some of the lead lettering was fractured and has come away. They repaired it as best they can. I am pleased to have the picture of the grave before it was broken. I wrote about the soldier memorialised on the gravestone at Regards Anne

  10. Seonaid here is my 2104 submission on Ernest William Weeks.

  11. Mine turned into a marathon! I decided to write about brothers who all went War and decided that I had too much information for one blog so it became 4 blogs.............and then I found an article that one of the brothers had written about a childhood journey so it became 5 blogs.

    1. WOW. That's amazing, well done. Thank you so much.

    2. Are you related to me Sharon...we seem afflicted with the same illness ;-)

    3. Great minds think alike, as my grandmother would say!

  12. Hi Seonaid, my contribution to the 2014 Trans-Tasman ANZAC Blog Challenge is here:

  13. hi Seonaid, here is my entry for Anzac Day 2014.

  14. And mine is here:

    1. Excellent thanks Jill. Really ironic to survive the war only to die in the influenza epidemic. So many did though, worldwide.

  15. Here's mine! Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. My contribution - Keith Davey Ferguson: enlisted under age, captured in Singapore, POW Changi and Sandakan. Died just weeks before VJ day.


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