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Shaun McGuire – Royal New Zealand Air Force Leaves Singapore


  • Tue Feb 14 2023, 6:00pm–7:00pm


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"Archives Invites: Shaun McGuire – Royal New Zealand Air Force Leaves Singapore

New Zealand’s contribution to the defence of Malaya in 1942 was the Royal New Zealand Air Force Squadron 488 and an Aerodome Construction Unit. The two units had the good fortune of leaving Singapore shortly before the island’s fall, sparing many of its men from internment by the invading Imperial Japanese Army.

Considered low to no priority, the units’ records were left behind or lost as the forces evacuated to the Dutch East Indies. The records (and photographs that had chanced to survive) from this campaign were largely compiled after the war and now reside at the Archives New Zealand. Join Archivist Shaun McGuire as he highlights some of these records.

Tue, 14 Feb 2023
6 pm – 7 pm
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About the Speaker
Shaun McGuire is an archivist with 20 years’ experience supporting researchers in Archives New Zealand and at New Zealand’s Heritage Library, Alexander Turnbull Library. He has a Masters in History from the University of Waikato and a Masters of Information Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.

About Archives Invites
Community histories unfold in this series that traces Singapore’s social past with help from the archives."

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