24 Apr 2024

ANZAC Day: Ancestors memorialised in online cenotaph

From Nights, 10:30 pm on 24 April 2024

Tributes to loved ones lost during wartime are being preserved online in a special New Zealand memorial.

The Auckland War Memorial Museum has been running the Online Cenotaph for nearly 30 years.

It's a vast collection of old photos, beloved memories, diaries and records supplied by the public for all to access - from family members to historians and academics.

People can even leave a digital poppy for those who have passed on.

Victoria Passau, the collection manager for the Online Cenotaph, joins Emile Donovan.

An old photo of Dan Waharai. He is wearing army uniform and looking at the camera with a serious expression. Below, text reads "PRIVATE D. WAHARAI, OF RAWENE, KILLED IN ACTION"

Private D. Waharai, of Rawene, killed in action. Auckland Weekly News, 11 March 1942, p.25. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19420311-25-42. Photo: Online Cenotaph