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Edwin Mainman's Bronze Plaque

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Edwin Mainman's Bronze Plaque

This memorial plaque is popularly known as a "dead man's penny", issued post World War I to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire military killed while serving in the war.

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With Dr Martin at the Front

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With Dr Martin at the Front

Accounts from local surgeon Arthur Anderson Martin, including "Poor German Marksmanship", "The State of the Trenches", "Dreaded Gangrene" and "Hints to New Zealanders"

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Arthur Gannon's Peace Carriers - celebrating the end of the war

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Arthur Gannon's Peace Carriers - celebrating the end of the war

Arthur Gannon’s Peace Carriers wore one of the features of the recent Wellington Peace Celebrations procession. They made a fine display, comprising nine vehicles drawn by-twenty horses, all elaborately decorated, and from one of the lorries the above typical bulldog, robed in a Union Jack gazed intently down on the crowds. In addition to the above display Arthur Gannon who is a returned lieutenant of the Maori Pioneers N.Z.E.F., placed a number of Lorries and expresses at the free disposal of the Salvation Army, etc

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Craven School for Girls - "The Cup" in aid of the Sick and Wounded Soldiers Fund

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Craven School for Girls - "The Cup" in aid of the Sick and Wounded Soldiers Fund

The reviews for the show were very positive (see below) and a total of £46 10 s (over $6500 in today's money). The script for "The Cup" and several of the musical numbers were written by Miss W Fraser, one of the head mistresses at the school. It was about a statue (played by Mr Stephens) that comes to life in a girls school - no other performances of this play could be found in the newspapers of the time.

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Autograph Book 1913 - 1922

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Autograph Book 1913 - 1922

This autograph book includes many signatures from members of the New Zealand Medical Corps housed at the Awapuni (Racecourse) Camp during World War I. There are also autographs from Victor and Horace Cunninghame of the Collinson & Cunninghame department store, Palmerston North.

This autograph book comes from the donor’s grandmother, Annie Mabel Watson, nee Lumley, born 21 Oct 1900, died November 1999. She was the daughter of Charles and Sarah Jane Lumley. Her parents ran a general store in Ashhurst.

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Anzac Day Square Table Mat

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Anzac Day Square Table Mat

The Australian War Memorial Museum comments: 'Patterns for patriotic crochet items were published in women's magazines and newspaper supplements....  women could use them to make a variety of household items, such as bedspreads, tray cloths, table cloths or tea cosies'.  

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