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
Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society
The latest edition of The Volunteers is out soon and features more colour, and an ever-changing cover. 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.
Keep an eye out for the March 2021 edition in the mail soon - JOIN NOW to get access to the wonderful material in this issue - see the Journal page for more information or the Membership page to join NOW
Le Quesnoy - New Zealand's Final WW1 Victory
Hear NZMHS President Herb Farrant discussing the 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:
NZMHS Western Front Tour
The itinerary for the recently completed Tag Along Tours trip to the Western Front is now available HERE for your interest.
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.
Unfortunately this tour is no longer available but a review of the itinerary is still a fascinating look at the NZ March to Victory of 1918.
DDawn Ceremony Polygon Wood Flanders 25th April
Military Heritage Day - AWMM
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.
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 weapons and uniforms of the world wars and fascinating family histories of early military settlers, there is something for everyone and all the displays are of an amazing standard with a wealth of information to be had.
Unfortunately, due to ongoing reconstruction at the AWMM the Heritage Day is on hold until further notice.
More details of this upcoming event as they come to hand.
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
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
Defending New Zealand
All Formed Up
NZ Military Nursing
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.
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