Archives New Zealand holds over 140,000 military personnel files of those who served in the New Zealand Defence Forces up to the end of 1920, including the South African War and WWI. These records were transferred from various NZDF agencies over recent years, with about 29 transfers from NZDF Personnel Archives in the last decade.
As each transfer was completed the data format and logic sequence was maintained within each accession as part of the process. Records were also processed to link to various agencies, and categorised into different series by the nature of the record and their relationships. This means the NZDF personnel files are dispersed into various series and accessions, and to access all of these records users need to have in-depth knowledge about the evolution of NZDF and about how archives are managed.
This list aims to help people overcome the above obstacles through standardising the format of names and sorting all entries into a unique sequence (alphabetical order by surname) across all transfers of NZDF personnel files, which will support the most simple and common access path to these records by users.
NZDF personnel files are composed of the original personnel files, military history sheets, and microfilm strip copies of original personnel files that were destroyed after microfilming in the 1970s. Each entry in the list is a surrogate of a file within our collection, however individuals could have more than one file.
It should also be noted that this list is no more than reorganisation of the dataset of Archives’ finding aids Archway, any real requests should be made through Archway with the related archives reference.