Orders and Medals Research Society (New Zealand) Branch

Orders and Medals Research Society (New Zealand) Branch

The New Zealand Branch of the Orders and Medals Research Society (OMRS) is the largest society of medal collectors in New Zealand. The OMRS is a UK-based society with a global membership dedicated to the research and collecting of orders, decorations and medals, in memory and honour of the original recipients. It is a 'members only' society administered and run by elected volunteers from within the membership. A constitution and by-laws ensure that the society runs smoothly and for the benefit of all members.

The New Zealand Branch was established as the Wellington Branch under the OMRS By-Laws and renamed the New Zealand Branch in 2018. It has approximately 30 members across the length of New Zealand, with 20-25 being members of the local Branch. On 27 November 2019 the Orders and Medals Research Society (OMRS) New Zealand Branch also became a branch of the RNSNZ, providing for it to have legal form within New Zealand.

The Branch is governed by a voted committee, with regional representatives across New Zealand. The AGM on 10 April 2022 saw Todd Skilton (President), John O’Reilly (Secretary) and David Dickens (member) re-elected.

The Branch regularly meets in members’ homes. For details of meeting times and venues contact either tskilton@gmail.com or john_o_reilly@hotmail.com. It also holds an annual one-day event devoted to medals research, with general medals talks in the morning, followed by Order of St John focused heritage talks in the afternoon, with a semi-formal dinner in the evening.

The 2022 event is planned for Saturday 1 October 2022, at The Wellington Club.
The speaker line up is shaping up to be varied, covering a wide range of medallic areas of interests, so will have something for everyone. Please indicate your interest to Todd Skilton - email shown above.