Souvenir pennant : HMNZS Monowai

Accession Number REL36719
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Felt, Paint
Maker Unknown
Place made New Zealand
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Triangular blue felt souvenir pennant with loops at either end of hoist. Screen printed in yellow orange and green with ‘Monowai’ to the right of the ship's badge. The ships badge shows two stylised fish adjoining a circle surmounted by 'Waikato' and 'Taniwharau' and a star, moon and crescent. The circle has an orange and red background with 'H.M.N.Z.S.' central.

History / Summary

This pennant was made as a souvenir for the crew of HMNZ Monowai. HMAS Monowai was an armed merchant cruiser of the Royal New Zealand Navy, which was used during the Second World War in the Pacific and during the invasion in Normandy. The name of the ship is derived from the Maori word for 'channel full of water' and is a glacial lake in the South Island of New Zealand.