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Donald Kennedy papers

Identifier: MSS-Archives-Vault 58

Scope and Contents

Collection includes diaries, codes and a sketch relating to Kennedy's role as a coastwatcher during the Second World War. The papers were received in an old suitcase which has been retained as part of the collection. The suitcase has Japanese characters on the lid which read Made in 1941, Electrically Heated Flight Suit. The collection has yet to be fully processed.


  • ca.1942-1943


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted.

Biographical / Historical

Donald Gilbert Kennedy (1898-1976) was the coastwatcher who first reported movements leading to the Japanese invasion of Guadalcanal in 1942. He died in Whangarei in 1976.

Reference: Butcher, Mike. '... when the long trick's over' : Donald Kennedy in the Pacific Kennington, Vic. : Holland House, 2012.


0.2 metres (1 box and suitcase.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Mrs M.A. White, per Hugh Laracy, Dept. of History, University of Auckland in May 1992.

Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand