Welcome to the First World War centenary website for Special Collections at the University of Auckland.
The centrepiece of the site is the Auckland University College Roll of Honour, which was digitised to honour this earlier generation of students and staff. We also explore the lives of the some of the Collegians through Their stories and look broadly at their participation in the War under the themes of Collegians at War and the Roll of Honour.
The website will be expanded over the four-year centenary to include more stories about the Collegians and to explore various aspects of the War and its aftermath, drawing on material from Special Collections and elsewhere.
We welcome your feedback.
Digitising the Roll of Honour
After consulting the Auckland University Students' Association, the Roll of Honour was photographed by A.P. Digital Consultancy to create preservation-quality images of the entire artefact. Each double-page spread was photographed a second time to enable the Roll to be converted into a flip-book, simulating as near as possible the appearance and functionality of the original.
Information in the Roll
The information in the Roll of Honour was compiled by the Auckland University College Student’s Association (AUCSA) and the College between about 1915 and 1920. It was used in various contemporary publications, including in issues of the AUCSA magazine The Kiwi, the College Calendars and in the national roll compiled by the University of New Zealand.
Four of the information fields from the Roll were indexed so that the digitised version could be searched: Name, Military number, Years at A.U.C. and Degree.
First names were added from Auckland War Memorial Museum's Online Cenotaph entries or military service records if they were not already recorded in the Roll.
The Collegian’s military number.
The years that each person attended Auckland University College (probably from information supplied to the compilers by the College).
The academic status of each person (probably from information supplied by the College):
G stands for graduates, U for undergraduates and N for non-matriculated students, who were studying towards the equivalent of University Entrance.
Note: Only some entries for graduates include their qualifications. Also, some students may have returned to studies after the War but that information was not captured in the Roll.
As Leslie Comrie, one of the compilers of the Roll, noted in 1916, ‘The Roll is necessarily imperfect; there are errors and omissions’.1 This is to be expected from a record-keeping document which was pulled together over some six years using information supplied by the College, family and friends and from newspaper reports and official sources.
When we came across missing or incorrect names or military numbers during indexing, we added the new or corrected information in brackets on the left-hand page of the Roll. This was done to aid searching.
However, no other information from the Roll was corrected as this is an original record which reflects the circumstances of its creation and the information the compilers had to hand. No other fields were indexed because more recent and comprehensive information can be found about most Collegians via their entries on the Online Cenotaph, to which we provide links. A few Roll entries contained insufficient information for us to confidently identify the Collegians.
Short biographies have been written for a handful of Collegians, which can be found under Their Stories or from links on their pages in the Roll. We will endeavour to write biographies about as many Collegians as possible during the centenary.
As well as linking to any Cenotaph entries, for those Collegians who died, we have linked to their respective entries on the New Zealand War Graves website or the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
- The Kiwi: Official Organ of the Auckland University College, 9, August 1916, p.6