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Lt. Douglas Rubb, photographs and correspondence

Collection | Ref # MNP MS 215 | Held by South Auckland Research Centre

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Lt. Douglas Rubb, photographs and correspondence



Level of description:


Reference number:

MNP MS 215


Lt. Douglas Rubb, USNR, supplied the author of the book United States Forces in New Zealand 1942-1945 with research material regarding this era. He was serving as a US Navy Lieutenant on the staff of COMSOPAC and was sent to New Zealand at the end of the war to research and write-up the history of the United States Armed Forces in New Zealand from 1942-1945.

Photographs and correspondence relating to research on the presence of US military forces in New Zealand during WWII. Possibly related to the book United States Forces in New Zealand 1942-1945. Material found in a closet in a house in Papatoetoe, Auckland (with no clues as to provenance).

Membership List, United States Veterans Club, 1989 (New Zealand residents).
Correspondence, to Dave (Wakefield or Sands?) from former Lt Douglas Rubb, USNR, of Sydney, Australia, 2 September 1988.
Letter to Noel and Jean, 23 December 1988. Members of the United States Veterans Club living in Armdale (?), Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Membership List, United States Veterans Club, 1989 (New Zealand residents).

Assorted black and white photographs, some from the New Zealand Herald, relating to US forces and commemorations held at front of Auckland War Memorial Museum Auckland, some photographs taken by Sparrow Industrial Pictures Ltd, and J.E. Farrelly, Bucklands Beach. One photograph of Richard Nixon possibly signing autographs, print from the Weekly News, (n.d.). Photograph of Dave Sands, Triple Champion of Australia, posing in boxing attire (n.d.), photograph produced by Photo News Ltd, Wellington (n.d.). Photograph of unknown boxer posing in boxing attire.

Dates covered:

Circa 1942 - 1988



Physical characteristics:

Small number of documents and 12 black and white photographs, 1 colour photograph. Two photographs have been cut out/around.

Archival history:

Found in house of the donor, Paul Dennis, resident of Papatoetoe.

Access conditions:

No restrictions. Please read original donor Gift Agreement.

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Papatoetoe · Wellington · Auckland (Region)


Commemorations · United States of America

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