Archives, Donald Sutherland McKenzie WWI; 1908-1976; WY.2001.2.2


Archives, Donald Sutherland McKenzie WWI

About this object

This is a box of archives pertaining to Donald Sutherland McKenzie's time serving with the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force during World War One.

Born at Fortrose in 1892 to Donald and Margaret McKenzie, Don grew up on the family farm 'Rosemount' at Glenham.

In 1917, Don enlisted to serve in World War One. At the time, he was working on the family farm at Glenham, and listed his father as next of kin. Don served with the Otago Mounted Rifles in the 26th reinforcements.

He returned in 1918, and continued to work on the family farm. When his father passed away, Donald and his brother Kenneth took over the farm, with his sister Alice taking care of the household.

Contained within this archive is a very special letter which Don received as part of a parcel from the Glenham Red Cross. It reads:

'22nd Aug 1918

Dear Somebody

Just a line in along with your Xmas parcel from the Glenham Red Cross. I hope you enjoy the contents and that you will spend a Happy Xmas. Try and make it so anyway.
Hurry up and come back, as boys here in N.Z. are getting very scarce. Come back and we will give you a right royal welcome. Glenham is still the same good old sporty place. The girls still smiling.
Keep your heart high and your head low and you will get through safely.
Yours in N.Z.
Letty Dobbie
Glenham Southland'

Other Contents:

D.S. McKenzie Pocket New Testament presented by the Glenham Assembly.

D.S. McKenzie World War One Paybook

New Zealand Expeditionary Force Map of Cairo

Citizens Reception Council Perth Welcome Leaflet

New Zealand Soldiers' Guide to the British Isles

Letter from Letty Dobbie of Glenham as part of a parcel from the Glenham Red Cross

Postcards (14) collected while serving.

United Nations House Cleopatra - Alexandria Manager 's Business Card, Manager: Diamandoglou


Letter from cousin D E Sutherland

Letter from cousin Fairlie (Carnie of Mokoreta)

Letter from a Margaret Carmichael

Five photographs from in camp during WWI

Discharge Certificate

Statement of Accounts upon discharge

Series of photographs and postcards relating to the war or Don's travels at the time

A series of Accounting Paperwork

Last Will and Testament of Donald McKenzie Snr which states that the family farm 'Rosemount' at Glenham is to go to Donald and his brother Kenneth.

Copy of Attestation of General Service 02.12.1916
Copy of Medical Examination 04.11.1916

Copy of History Sheet
Copy of Statement of Services

Copy of Casualty form - active service (both sides)

Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Wyndham

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card
inorganic, processed material, metal, nickel


h 90 mm x w 355 mm x d 90 mm (box measurements)

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Subject and Association Keywords

Communication (including Diaries and Letters)

Subject and Association Keywords

Clubs, Groups and Societies

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

Subject and Association Keywords

Religion and Belief

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Orphaned work

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