From signals to romance novels

From Signals to Romance Novels           

Editing the book, 75 Years of Memories – about Women in the Royal New Zealand Navy wasn’t Anne Hine’s first foray into the world of publishing. With nine romance novels to her name, Anne definitely knows her away around a book. Dreams of writing weren’t on her mind when she joined the Wrens in 1970 as a young 17 year old from Colac Bay, near Riverton in Southland.

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Up close with: Emma Wilcox Navy Museum Educator

What attracted you to working at the Navy Museum?
My role is a combination of some of my favourite things – working with people, working with history, and constantly learning myself.  Previously I worked at the Imperial War Museum in London, including on board HMS Belfast, a Second World War light cruiser, so my interest in all things naval goes back a little way too.  I feel very fortunate to have a job which combines all of these things, especially in such beautiful surroundings.

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Up Close with Michael Wynd – Navy Museum Researcher

What attracted you to work at the Navy Museum?

When I applied in 2007 I had just completed a Masters in Military History so I thought that my skills were complementary to the Museum. I remember going for the interview, and being called back an hour later and asked how soon I could start. I spent the first three months working at the Museum and finishing off my role as Student President at Massey Albany.

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Model Ship Builder Extraordinaire: Graham Beeson


A visit to the home of Graham and Fay Beeson is a visual feast for the eyes. Graham is a model ship builder of some repute, having built around 25 models over the last 60 years.

Five of Graham’s model Navy ships are on display at the Navy Museum, with the remainder on show at his home on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, North of Auckland. Graham’s wife Fay is extremely supportive of her husband’s passion but leaves it up to him to do the ‘dusting’ of his collection of models.Read More