Featuring a collection of postcards, letters, diaries, and official war correspondence written to and from New Zealand and the military camps, leave destinations, hospitals and battle fields of the First World War.
Letters from the front relay the experiences of local soldiers who left New Zealand's shores on what they thougfht would be a great adventure.
Letters from home tell the stories of the families and loved ones they left behind.
Photographs and personal memorabilia accompany the letters.
Postcard: Albert Brown Collection
SCHOOL PROGRAMME: Term 1 2015
'Fallen Soldiers' Project and Competition
Artwork now on display in the new Military Gallery
For schools throughout Papakura District. A joint project with the Papakura WW100 Commemorations Committee
Focusing on the WWI fallen soldiers named on six local War Memorials:
Alfriston-Brookby; Ardmore; Clevedon; Drury-Runciman;
Manurewa; and Papakura-Karaka.
'Thirteen Ships' - The Waikato Immigration Scheme 1864-1865
During the eight months from October 1864 to June 1865, around 4,000 immigrants arrived at Auckland having been tempted by the offer of free land. The majority settled in the wider Papakura and Franklin District.
Relating to the 150th Anniversary of the
Waikato Immigration Scheme
Cemetery Tours: March to June 2015
FINAL TOUR - Wednesday 24th June (weather permitting)
Papakura Cemetery with Michelle Smith.
Learn about the lives and deaths of some of the individuals that arrived in 1865 and settled on ten acre blocks in the area we now call Opaheke. The 'Viola' and the 'Resolute', both of which sailed from Scotland,are well represented on the 'Presbyterian hill', while passengers from other ships are scattered throughout the cemetery. (Click here for dates and times)