2011 Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day blog challenge

It started with Shelley from Twigs of Yore issuing a blog challenge for Australian researchers in celebration of Australia Day.

Here at the Central Auckland Research Centre at Auckland Libraries, we loved the idea and thought that we could be just as successful with a blog challenge for Waitangi Day. We had loads of international response, with people blogging about their New Zealand early settler ancestor from as far away as UK and the US and as close as NZ and Australia!

This time, it is a joint challenge with our Digger mates from across the Ditch.

Australians and New Zealanders know ANZAC Day - 25 April - as a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died at war.

Do you have an Australian or New Zealander in your family tree who was killed in military operations? We’d like to hear about not only their sacrifice, but the way their loss shaped their family history.

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 on the Auckland Research Centre’s Facebook page under discussions or on the relevant post on the Twigs of Yore blog
  • Publish your post by 25 April 2011. 

After Anzac Day, all submissions will be listed in a summary posting on the Auckland Libraries’ blog and also Twigs of Yore blog.

Just to get you started, recommended resources for New Zealand and Australian research, see the Auckland Libraries online 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 organisations 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

Papers Past (New Zealand newspapers)

Within the library catalogue: Auckland Libraries

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"  menu.

For example, available in all three Research Centres:- Central, South (Manukau) and North-West (Waitakere) are gems such as:
You’ll also find Australian resources in the Central Auckland Research Centre; for example:
For other sites, try looking at the Auckland War Memorial Museum; the Australian War Memorial site and the National Archives of Australia, or look further using the resources listed on Cora Num’s website.