Our boys, our families research guide

Auckland Libraries has developed a research guide, which outlines the First World War resources available at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives.

A family receiving the result of the ballot for Class B reservists under the NZ Military Service Act, 1918, 7-A14534, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries

As part of the First World War centenary commemorations, Auckland Libraries and the Auckland Council Heritage Unit has developed an A5 research guide outlining the First World War resources available at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives. This includes resources such as Rolls of Honour and photographs from the Schmidt Collections (from the Sir George Grey Special Collections).

This research guide is intended to help people with their own research into family members or people who took part in the war. This could be a soldier on the front line, a nurse on a hospital ship or a person on the home front including conscientious objectors. The handy research prompts at the back of the guide provide a good starting place and guiding structure for research.The guide has now been published in hard copy and is available online (see link below).

The guide is also available on the new website: Our boys, your stories ( Visit the website for local stories on people and places reflecting our First World War Experience. The downloadable research guide will be featured in the 'Resources' tab. The online version of the Sir George Grey Special Collections exhibition. 'It'll be over by Christmas' will be featured along with the digitised volumes of the RSA journal, 'Quick March'.

For more information, please email:

Information will also be available in the future on the Heritage et AL blog:

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Date added: 02 September 2013 | Last updated: 14 February 2017

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