A joint digitisation project between Auckland War Memorial Museum and Dunedin Public Libraries has led to a significant collection of New Zealand First World War troopship magazines online.
During the First World War (and indeed the Second World War), soldiers aboard troopships en route to war sometimes published magazines. Theses troopship magazines ranged from hand-written to professional looking publications. They were highly valued and were intended to be informative, entertaining and to help the morale of soldiers. A number were also written on the return voyages back to New Zealand.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Library holds a significant collection of these magazines, which were written and often published by New Zealand troops on board ships heading to and returning from war, and contain articles, poems, songs, humour, caricatures and more.
A joint digitisation project was recently undertaken with Dunedin Public Libraries, who hold further titles, and you can view all the pdf copies online through the website version of the Museum Library catalogue. This project has produced a significant national resource which we expect to make more widely available, along with other First World War resources, as part of our Cenotaph redevelopment.
For more information contact Jacqueline Snee, Serials Librarian at Auckland War Memorial Museum, [email protected]