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Operation Grapple – We Were There Exhibition

A Portrait Exhibition by Denise Baynham 

This photographic exhibition held at the Navy Museum from September – January 2021 was the work of artist – Denise Baynham.

The exhibition told the story of Operation Grapple through the words of the veterans who were there.

Operation Grapple was a series of nuclear tests conducted in the mid-Pacific by the British Government from May 1957 – September 1958.

The New Zealand Government provided assistance by sending a Royal New Zealand Navy survey ship HMNZS Lachlan to survey the two islands that were chosen as the sites for testing, and two frigates: HMNZS Rotoiti and Pukaki to assist during the tests.

The portraits honoured and recognised the veterans.

Past Exhibitions