THE WESTERN BAY MUSEUM

Telephone: +64 07-549-0651      Email: info@westernbaymuseum.nz

Address: 32 Main Road, Katikati, 3129, Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand  

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
 

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3pm

Exhibition

THOSE WHO SERVED

Showcasing a collection of 25 original pastel

charcoal sketches by New Zealand artist Geoffrey Fuller

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Gallipoli

Landing at Anzac Cove

Troops of the 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force landing at Anzac Cove, 25 April 1915

The War in the Pacific

Landing Ship Unloading

Japan's rapid advance through South East Asia and across the pacific in early 1942 was the most serious military threat that New Zealand has ever faced.  This is an illustration of an American L.S.T which lands the vehicles and supplies of the NZ 3rd division somewhere in the Solomons.

Flanders

Going up the line

A section of infantry-men make their way forward to relieve their comrades in the front-line trenches.  They follow a trail of duck-boards which wind across the muddy, shell-pocked fields of Flanders.

The Campaign in Italy

The Battle of Cassino

The Battle of Mote Cassino was one of the most savage conflicts of the Second World War.  This picture is of two NZ infantry men taking cover, while Castle Hill and Monte Cassino loom through the smoke from the ruined town.

The Campaign in Italy

Advanced Dressing Station

The New Zealand Army Medical Corps and the New Zealand Nursing Corps served with distinction in all areas where the forces saw action in World War 2. 

The War at Sea

The Royal New Zealand Navy

Here are the Navy cruisers of World War 2 Gambia, Achilles and Waipu.

The Greek Campaign

Artillery on the Move

British attempts to deny the Axis powers the domination of the Eastern Mediteranean, let to the dispatch of a British, Australian and New Zealand force in support of the Greek Army in its defence of it's Northern frontier.

North Africa

Maddi Camp, Egypt

This camp was a haphazard assembly of large square tens, smaller tents, and long huts of wood or stone.  To many New Zealand soldiers who served overseas, this was their first introduction to life in the desert.

North Africa

The Desert Campaigns

Although the NZ division has still not completed its concentration, several units took part in the First Libyan Campaign.  The Long Range Desert Group undertook a series of raids and reconnaissance missions prior to the British advance into Cyrenaica.

The War at Sea

Battle of Jutland

In the first major action by the British Royal Navy for over one hundred years, it met the German High Seas Fleets for the first and only time in World War 1 at the Battle of Jutland.

The Greek Campaign

The Strafing of the N.Z. Divison

The success of the German Army in its rapid conquest of the Balkans was due in part to the overwhelming superiority of the Luftwaffe in the air.  The bombing and strafing of the Allied forces in Greece contributed hugely to their defeat and ultimate withdrawal and evacuation.

North Africa

The Desert Campaigns

North Africa was the scene of Britain's first victories on land, and also of defeats at the hands of Rommel's Afrika Corps. The Struggle stretched over three years.

The Battle of Crete

The German Airborne Invasion

On the morning of May 20, 1841 the air was filled with low flying JU-52 transports disgorging thousands of German paratroopers and their equipment.  As they drifted to earth they met stiff and determined resistance from the waiting defenders.

Troopship

Embarkation of Wellington

When war was declared in 1939, young New Zealand men were quick to volunteer to serve in the armed forces.

The War in the Air

The Defence of Britain

During World War 2 large numbers of New Zealand airmen saw action as pilots in Royal Air Force Command.  This Spitfire is depicted from 485 (NZ) Squadron.

The War in the Air

The Bombing of Germany

Throughout World War 2 the Royal Air Force carried out hundreds of bombing raids on enemy military and industrial targets.  Depitced here are two Lancaster heavy bombers of No. 75 Squadron.

The War in the Pacific

Rescue of Aircrew

Patrols by flying-boat squadrons involved flying continuously for eleven or twelve hours at a time over hundreds of miles of empty sea.  These patrols were often uneventful however in the air-sea sea rescue operations, considerable success was achieved.

The Battle of Crete

Evacuation from Sphakia

After a week of continuous day and night struggle against overwhelming odds, the exhausted defenders of Crete were forced to evacuate the island.  British troops at Heraklion were evacuated by sea on the 28 - 29 May, but others were forced to surrender.

The Campaign in Italy

Mule Supply Train

The mountainous terrain of Central Italy, the scene of much of the fighting throughout the whole campaign, posed problems of supply in the winter.  This illustration is of a mule supply train trudging through the deep snow of an Italian Winter.

The Campaign in Italy

Victory in Italy

Sherman tanks of the New Zealand Armoured Brigade pass through an Italian town during the advance to final victory in Italy, May 1945.

The Campaign in Italy

The Bridge over the Po

River

The armies in Italy faced quite different problems from those encountered in the North Africa campaign.  Here is an illustration of the transport crossing of the Po River a bridge build by NZ Engineers, in April 1945