NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

A database of the writers of WW1 documents in the Alexander Turnbull Library

Creating a database in the form of an MS Excel spreadsheet of about 2000 entries (numerous with similar but not identical information). Most are newly identified writers of the documents.

For the last twelve years I have been checking out all of the letters, postcards and diaries which are held by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington and to some extent those held in the Auckland War Museum.

As with many of these writings, particularily postcards, the identity of the writer is often very difficult as they often simply write "Dear Molly....." and finishing with "..love from your brother Sam" and similar words.

By carefully reading the content, the date and where the card came from, I can often put a name to the author. This new information is then added to the Library's database.

The main reason for me doing this labour-of-love is to make it easier for people out there who may suddenly wonder if there is any writing by, or mention of a long since passed-away soldier as the First World War centenary approaches.

My success rate so far has been about 25% of previously unidentified names. I spend several hours per week at the Turnbull as well as the National Archives. The Archives holds about 70% of all First World War NZ soldier's files and as I request to sight each file, it is digitized which enables anyone to view it.

You can view the database on my website, http://robertcameron.wordpress.com/

This activity is being worked on from
2002
 to 
Ongoing
Date added: 13 March 2014 | Last updated: 13 July 2014

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