25 days ago

After Armistice: dealing with the effects of war

The Team from Auckland Museum

As we commemorate the 101st Armistice Day, it's timely that we reflect on the aftermath of the First World War; not only the massive scale of loss, but also the ongoing suffering experienced by those who returned from the first industrialised war.

Arriving in back in Wellington, Colonel Evans pointedly reminded the soldiers of those left behind: “Remember,” he said, “When you go ashore you are not heroes. The heroes lie in France”. Having lost their comrades in the thousands, the soldiers hardly needed to be reminded of their 'luck' in making it through. Yet for those who survived, the physical and mental toll of the war was immense and for many unspeakable. Each service person confronted the psychological and emotional impact of a war unprecedented in its violence in their own personal way.

One soldier who suffered through his war service was Private Ivor Norman (Norm) Fleet 31249. A bushman who enlisted in Taumarunui, Fleet fought with the Wellington Infantry Regiment and received gunshot wounds to both legs during a clean-up operation at Bellevue Spur on 22 October 1917. His right leg was later amputated and he eventually returned to New Zealand where simply carried on with his life, marrying Elsie Petley in 1928, building his own house and forging a long and productive career. Norm rarely spoke of the war and relatives only recall seeing him in tears as his nephews left for the Second World War; a small clue to the pain that returned servicemen held inside. Like Norm, millions suffered silently in the aftermath. Today we honour their service and acknowledge the immeasurable suffering that came from it.

Lest we forget.

Find out more about Armistice Day and the Museum's collections here. www.aucklandmuseum.com...

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4 hours ago

A garden project with a difference

The Team from Resene ColorShop Henderson

Add colour to any garden setting with a planter that boasts movement and extra visual interest.

Make the most of this weekend with this step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this project yourself.

10 hours ago

Cash for cars - get your wreck off the road!

The Team from AAA Auto Parts

Do you have a vehicle that is taking up space and becoming an eyesore? At AAA Auto Parts we dismantle and wreck cars. We will pay top cash whether your car is dead or alive!

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10 hours ago

Lovers of Ancient Greek history and classics, put this date in your diary!

The Team from Auckland Museum

We're very excited to announce we are bringing the major international exhibition Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes exclusively to Auckland next July, from the British Museum. This is the first time these ancient relics, including one of the seven wonders of the world, have travelled to New Zealand.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes open: Friday 3 July to Sunday 18 October 2020. In partnership with the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and the Western Australian Museum and with support from ATEED.

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