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Neptune Calling

For the first time in over 80 years the voices of 50 young New Zealand sailors are able to be heard in the Museum’s latest mini exhibition – Neptune Calling.

Neptune Calling reveals the recorded greetings of 50 of the New Zealanders serving in HMS Neptune during the Second World War. The recordings were made whilst the ship was in port at Alexandria, Egypt on November 13, 1941.

The recordings of the sailors sending greetings to loved ones back home in New Zealand were made by broadcaster Arch Curry as part of a regular radio programme, ‘With the boys overseas’. The recordings were never broadcast.  As tragically, 36 days later HMS Neptune struck 4 mines off the coast of Tripoli, Libya and sunk with the loss of 764 men including 150 New Zealanders. Only one man a Royal Navy sailor, Norman Walton survived he died 20 April, 2005.

Eighty years on the Navy Museum is honoured to be able to share these very special and poignant recordings with our visitors.

Please note the exhibition includes sensitive content.

Free admission, open daily from 10am Tuesday 22nd February.

Thank you to Radio New Zealand and Ngᾱ Taonga Sound & Vision
Margaret Woollett Calligraphy Artist

Please Note: One of the phones from the Neptune mini exhibition has unfortunately been damaged and is away being repaired, we hope to have it back very soon. This unfortunately means that some of the recordings are temporarily not able to be heard. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If you would like to check in advance if a recording you wish to hear has been affected please email us on with the name of the person you had hoped to hear and we will let you know if it is currently available to listen to. 

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