Our Boys, Your Stories:

Resource booklet (pdf)

A guide that profiles the services and collections at Auckland Libraries, and contains valuable information to guide your research into the people of the First World War.

Research Prompts (pdf)

These worksheet templates are designed to help focus your research into a person or place.


Note: to view PDF documents you will need Adobe Reader. This is available as a free download from the Adobe website


For researchers with an interest in Niuean soldiers who served in World War One, the following book is also available from Auckland Libraries:

Margaret Pointer. Tagi Tote e Loto Haaku:My Heart is Crying A Little. Niue Island involvement in the Great War 1914-1918. Institute of Pacific Studies, Suva 2000.

See the  link to our Resources Booklet, above, for other books on World War One available from Auckland Libraries.


Helpful websites:

The First World War centenary page on our Auckland Libraries website.

Heritage et AL. provides a number of posts around the First World War, linking back to Auckland Libraries’ collections.

The Cenotaph database: aims to provide an authentic repository for the names, stories, celebrations and history of our service people. 

WW100 New Zealand: contains details of events, projects and activities taking place all over the country and an interactive timeline.

WW100 Auckland: contains information on the First World War centenary commemorations specific to Auckland, including the new Heritage Trails around the city.

Discovering Anzacs: developed in partnership between The National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand this site invites users to develop connections between the archival records and photographs included there.

Auckland Council Archives World War I Indexes: The names from several WWI memorials and rolls of honour from across the Auckland region are available to search here.

Auckland memorials map: Map of Auckland war memorials on New Zealand History's website.

Māori in the First World War: from Auckland Libraries.

Madame Guérin: Site dedicated to the story of the remembrance poppy.



Online exhibitions:

"It'll be over by Christmas" World War 1914-1918: a digital exhibition from Sir George Grey Special Collections depicting New Zealand’s contribution to the First World War, both at the front and at home.

Coming Home: a digital exhibition which focuses on the return of troops and the impact of war on New Zealand.

Gallipoli: a digital exhibition from Sir George Grey Special Collections featuring images from contemporary newspapers illustrating the harsh reality of the Gallipoli campaign.

Auckland Council Archives World War I Exhibition: Auckland Council Archives has developed this online exhibition and timeline featuring material from the Council Archives collections.