Posts written by Kirstie Ross

Great War memorials

  • Collingwood memorial detail, February 2009
  • Memorial detail, February 2009
  • Memorial detail, February 2009
  • Detail of Collingwood memorial, February 2009

In February I was in Collingwood, a small town in Golden Bay at the top of the South Island. Like many towns and cities around New Zealand, Collingwood has war memorials dedicated to local men who died in both world wars.  My grandfather, who was born in Collingwood, was only eight years old when WWI started… Read more »

HMS New Zealand: ‘A grim and formidable fighting machine’

  • Postcard showing HMS New Zealand
  • Steeering wheel from HMS New Zealand
  • Steering wheel from HMS New Zealand, about 1910
  • Steering wheel from HMS New Zealand, about 1910.

One hundred years ago, Britain’s Royal Navy was threatened by the modern fleet being built by Germany. In March 1909, the New Zealand Premier, Sir Joseph Ward, responded to the defence crisis by promising that New Zealand would underwrite a ship for the Royal Navy. He declared: ‘We distant sons desire to stand in any… Read more »

Roses are red

Rose tile

Valentine’s Day and red roses are inextricably linked. Here is a bouquet of rose -inspired objects from our collections.

The End of World War I: 11 November 1918

Almost 250 objects and images related to World War I held by Te Papa can now be viewed on online. Curators have chosen items with sentimental value or connected to the home front and the war’s aftermath in New Zealand, as well as those associated directly with the conflict and overseas theatres of war. Find… Read more »

Trees as war memorials

Eastbourne Anzac Memorial Tree

Not all war memorials are monumental or made from marble. While I was reading Ann Beaglehole’s Eastbourne: A History of the Eastern Bays of Wellington Harbour, I discovered details of trees planted by the community to remember World War One (WWI) and those who lost their lives. In July 1916 two pohutukawa trees were planted… Read more »