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Remember Me:
Letters from our men at the Front

“Good bye for the present and please remember me to the others…”

So wrote Major William Henry Cunningham on the eve of the Wanganui ANZAC’s departure for war in October 1914. 

62 letters and telegrams contain unique and candid insights into life on the front line for the officers and men from Whanganui covering the First World War..

As part of the Wanganui community’s commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of World War One, the letters will be released on the Ngā Ripo o Mua Ripples of the Past database on the one hundredth anniversary of their creation.

The letters and telegrams can be accessed online at:

Each item has been transcribed and made word searchable with help from volunteers from the Wanganui community including Scott Flutey and Andrea Cade.




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Seismic strengthening work on the Alexander Library building makes it necessary to move to a temporary new home.

While we pack & move all the collections the Heritage Service will be unavailable until 2 November 2015 when we reopen in our temporary premises at 60 Ridgway Street.

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