The story of a very special exhibition.
A very good pportrayal of the WRNZS over the years from WWII. Well done.
Well done team, I feel so proud of this achievement, It was such a privilege to work along side such a great team. You have made a wonderful job of the video,I feel so proud of you all, thank you.Margaret Mitchell
A fantastic video. Very well put together by the museum staff, a good story told for future generations.
1954 to 1959 were some of the best years of my life…The WRNZNS as it was then transformed me from an introverted, shy soul to a leader. A quality I didn’t know I had until I was thrown into a Leadership role by a very wise Wren Officer. Camaraderie which led to life long friendships – just one of the many positives of being a Wren.
An excellent portrayal of life in the WRNZNS Well done.
Congratulations to all those who contributed to this short film. It has been a privilege to have been a small part of conserving the history of the WRNZNS for posterity and indeed to have served in our navy.
Absolutely fantastic. Congratulations to you Margaret and all who contributed to the making of this short video. I know myself personally that I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Navy and have never regretted joining at a young age. An excellent portrayal of our girls that joined WRNZNS. Well done.
Thanks Production team for a great video. Margaret,Jill,Daphne and Aline,your hard work and many hours of dedication to this project is to be congratulated. I am proud to have been a part of WRNZNS history.
Hi Everyone, I enjoyed the small piece of history. As you may have guessed, I am an ex WREN. I served from ’75 to ’78 and I had a sister there also. My surname was Stidder and I served as a steward. Yes, those were the happiest years of my life. I wish I had been able to serve more but the pull of travel was strong. I now reside in Kansas in the USA. I am on Facebook if you would like to talk. I check at least twice a week when I can. I have made my last trip back in 2005 and was amazed at how Devonport had changed. The Splade, was no longer the meeting place that I new. I have also found the Stewards reunion posts by some of the guys I had worked with. Not for though as most them did al lot of time at sea. God Bless to everyone and maybe sometime if another reunion is planned I will try to make it. Thanks. Nellie
What a great video – thanks to all those who worked for that and made it possible. My number was 1127, and I joined in 1958. Trained for Signals and after 6 months in the MSO transferred to Navy Office (Wakefield), living out at Fort Dorset. In 1960 I went to UK and joined WRNS (No. 117581)as a radio communicator for 4 years – what a wonderful time I had at both ends of the earth! I found all Wrens had so much in common it was easy to make friends – and keep them. Best wishes Pat.
Hi, I’m not a WREN of course, but spent time with many, and worked along side them…this video is pretty fantastic..well done, and the very best to you all
Thanks to all concerned in the preparation of the video. I spent five happy years 1950/55 Many great memories and long standing friendships
Margaret macdermott (Prendergast) Malta
Kia ora Jennys’ I cound your movie about the Wrens excellent, and infact recognised a few faces. I also liked the way that you Ladies had included fotos of Ladies who had attended during your Reunion. God Bless, Mike “Subs” Subritzky.
Very good video. Nice to see myself in the whaler – 4th from right, and between Murrae Ewart and Joan Norgrove, with Val Diack further right. There is a book that says I am Margaret Wilson – sorry, but no! Auckland Anniversary regatta 1960.
Pat Toothill -great to see your message, as I often wondered where you were.
I have nothing but fond memories of my days in the WRNZNS 1957-60. Naval training has always stood me in good stead and was a great basis for my subsequent career as a Regestered Nurse.
Best wishes to everyone.
Thanks ever so much Margaret and your team. It was great to be reminded of a very happy time in my life from 1963 to 1966. And yes, some of the exhibits did bring back memories and like someone else said changed a shy young girl into one with a lot more confidence that has stood me in good stead. I hope to be in Auckland one day and maybe see some of the display. Best wishes to everyone. Pat Bellhouse.
what a great reunion. so good tobe home again and to see so many of the old girls. the navy museum was so exciting to see. what a wonderful job the team did. the navy was the best time of my life, made so many friends,some of whom i still keep in touch with. hope to be able to make it to the next reunion. i served from 55 t0 58, so you can see i am one of the old girls. keep up the good work, hope to see you all in 2016
Breaking Down The Barriers. Wow it just blew me away. Margaret seeing you and hearing you was fantastic, I remember you from back then. I thank you and your Team for the Wonderful Work you all have done. I was only in the Navy for a short time April 1964 to May 1966. Discharged upon the Grounds of Marriage. I still have many memories of the girls I met, first at Margaret House then at Elizabeth House. Wonderful places. Bless You All.
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