Central Leader : April 20th 2011
3 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 20, 2011 NEWS 21 LADY RUBY DRIVE EAST TAMAKI WEDNESDAY 27 April 9AM 4PM THURSDAY 28 April 9AM 4PM FRIDAY 29 April 9AM 4PM SATURDAY 30 April 9AM 2PM Voyager Maritime Museum has plenty to do these school holidays - and its free for Aucklanders! Get free entry to the museum galleries these school holidays by bringing proof of your Auckland address. Park in the Downtown Carpark, purchase a $4.50 discount parking pass at the museum, which entitles you to 4 hours parking! Parking vouchers are subject to availability. Open 9.00am-5.00pm seven days a week Corner Quay & Hobson Streets Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Only 200 metres from Queen Street Ph: +64 9 373 0800 www.maritimemuseum.co.nz A monumental effort Lest we forget: Epsom resident Helen Vail is putting together a blog of 100 Anzac memorials from around the country to coincide with the 100th anniversary of World War One in 2014. Ms Vail is pictured outside a memorial in Mt Eden which doubles as the gates to Mt Eden Normal Primary School. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By SCOTT MORGAN STORIES of love and loss in World War One are being revealed -- thanks to the research of one dedicated amateur historian. Helen Vail has set herself the huge task of photographing and researching 100 memorials around the country by the time the centenary rolls around in 2014, with the information going up on her blog. So far the Epsom resident has visited 24 memorials, mainly around Auckland, the Bay of Plenty and Canter- bury. It feels like a forgotten war in some ways, apart from Gallipoli,'' she says. I write all the names down on the memorial, go through and research each one. The stories come from there and I put them on the blog. I wanted to make it avail- able to everybody.'' Mrs Vail, who migrated to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, first became interested in finding out more after a chance discovery at the Piha memorial. I found an ancestor through marriage at Piha on the Lion Rock memorial. I was amazed as all my family are in England -- I'm the only one here.'' She says stories of underage teens faking their ages to go to war and families having to cope with the death of loved ones are common. It can be quite an emotional process at times. Many of them were so young. I can't imagine the grief they must have felt. I really believe it's something we shouldn't forget.'' Mrs Vail hopes to have the project finished before the centenary in August 2014, with trips to the Bay of Plenty and Otago on the cards during the coming months. She says many of the memorials were built in the 1920s and hopes her blog will draw more attention to them. It's such a shame people drive past them every day.'' There are memorials in several central Auckland suburbs including Mt Eden, Epsom and Remuera. Mt Eden Normal Primary School principal John Faire says the memorial based at the school in the form of a set of gates are often used by students learning about Anzac Day. Last year the children made a lovely wreath in class. Some classes investigate the whole Anzac issue, which often includes a visit to the heritage gates. It's a really nice thing to have in the community.'' He says plans are in place to paint the gates this year and touching up the engraved names will need to take place in the next few years. Visit www.100nzmemorials. blogspot.com to read Mrs Vail's blog. Anzac Day messages Send your messages of support to New Zealand troops serving overseas this Anzac Day. The New Zealand Defence Force is encour- aging Kiwis to get behind their comrades by posting individual or per- sonal notes to those deployed, via the defence website. Messages will be sent to the troops on April 22, so that everyone receives the notes by April 25. Visit www.nzdf.mil.nz/ anzac to post a message.
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