Welcome to the New Zealand Military Historical Society.
The NZMHS was formed in Auckland in 1973 to foster the study of New Zealand military history, defined as the history of warfare in New Zealand and of New Zealanders at war.
Our aims and objectives are to encourage research into the history, traditions, participants, arms, insignia, uniforms and all aspects of militaria.
We embrace all those interested in the study of our military history: collectors, researchers, academics, genealogists, students, servicemen and women, family members and the general public.
We make information from researchers, collectors and enthusiasts available to all members via this website, our monthly e Newsletter and our flagship publication, our Journal The Volunteers.
For Membership information click HERE
News and Events
The latest edition of The Volunteers is out soon and features more colour, and a new cover look. We hope you enjoy the new version which will bring more images, more superb articles and a more accessible approach to re-telling New Zealand's military history.
Helpful advice and information for Kiwi's traveling to the Western Front during the commemorations in 2017 and 2018.
This handy brochure details routes, sites to see, travel info and much more - plan your trip or get inspired to visit the battlefields of the Western Front.
Download the full PDF brochure HERE
Le Quesnoy - New Zealand's Final WW1 Victory
Hear NZMHS President Herb Farrant discussing the proposed New Zealand Museum at Le Quesnoy on the Western Front and the 'March to Victory' when the New Zealand Division lead the British 3rd Army across northern France in 1918.
For a good background to the liberation of Le Quesnoy by the NZ Division visit:
2017 NZMHS Western Front Tour
The itinerary for the 2017 Tag Along Tours trip to the Western Front is now available HERE, or contact NZMHS using our contact form HERE for details.
This superb tour is lead by NZMHS President Herb Farrant and will be his 22nd year taking tour parties to follow the New Zealand Divisions path on the Western Front battlefields of the First World War.
Dawn Ceremony Polygon Wood Flanders 25th April 2014
100 years later we still remember
The Great War has conferred upon the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais a wealth of
heritage in the form of military cemeteries, war memorials and archaeological remains.
This heritage is the silent and poignant reminder of the events which shaped the conflict.
The First World War Remembrance Trails take in the sites and memorials which encapsulate the momentous events that took place in Northern France at the beginning of the last century.
Behind the peaceful beauty of every site lies the gripping story of a soldier, a regiment, a battle or a place.
CLICK HERE to download the full 60 page PDF of the Northern France Remembrance Trails
Military Heritage Day - AWMM
25th September 2016
The NZMHS has recently entered in to a close relationship with New Zealand's premier military history destination the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Working together we aim to bring the expert knowledge and collections of both organisations to the public of New Zealand in a variety of events throughout the year.
As part of this venture we hold the Military Heritage Day at the AWMM during the Auckland Heritage Festival, in 2016 this was held on Sunday the 25th September.
A wide range of displays are presented from fellow organisations such as the NZ Antique and Historical Arms Association, the NZ Military Vehicle Collectors Club, The NZ Fencibles Society, the Queens Redoubt Trust, the Military Re-enactment Society and many others.
A large number of visitors are attracted to the displays, and the weapons handling tables are constantly busy and a definite hit with the young visitors where they can get up close with many weapons used by NZ Armed Forces throughout our history.
From the vehicle line-up outside and the ever popular re-enactors from the Victorian and WW1 periods to the poignant Passchendaele War Graves photos and the fascinating family histories from the Papakura District, there is something for everyone and all the displays are of an amazing standard with a wealth of information to be had.
We look forward to this years Heritage Day 2017 at the Museum and hope you can join us. More details of this upcoming event as they come to hand.
Some photographs of the day are presented below:
The NZMHS is proud to present a new publishing programme of research, personal history and military history information.
See the BOOKS page for details of our first 2 publications plus other books for sale.
A Strong Sense of Duty - the WW1 letters of a serving NZ Chaplain
The Desert War North Africa - the personal recollections of two NZ soldiers in WW2
INDEX available HERE for download - an ideal tool for family researchers to check!
Other titles for sale:
New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Willie Apiata VC - The Reluctant Hero - Autobiography, signed copy
The Victory Medal
The New Zealand Cross
The Silent Division
Check out the new Spotlight page for new and changing information on historical news, events and places from all eras of history. Reviews of places to visit, articles, books and news from today and from history. This material is supplied by members and we welcome submissions to keep these pages interesting and ever-changing.
This month see a superb new article by member Jeff Hopkins-Weise on the 99th Regiment historical monument in Hobart Tasmania to the regiments participation in the 1845-46 NZ Land Wars .
FURTHER INFORMATION FOR WEB VISITORS
For more on the NZMHS you can also subscribe to our Twitter feed and like our Face Book page - both of these feeds contain regular updates on global as well as local activities relating to New Zealanders at war throughout history.
- Information about submitting articles and research to the Journal can be found here.
- We encourage anyone interested in our military history to join the NZMHS, you will find information and membership forms here.
- Have a look at our ever-changing Gallery of photographs covering members collections of militaria as well as historical images and photographs of battlefields in New Zealand and beyond.
Information for visitors looking for family history, service records or medal info:
See our LINKS page for websites related to these queries, or use our CONTACT form to get in touch with the NZMHS and we will attempt to provide a starting point for your journey.
150th Anniversary of the Alexandra Redoubt, above the Waikato River