Recording the Oral History Interviews
Thank you very much to everyone who has participated in this research project. We have really enjoyed meeting you and are enormously grateful for your contribution.
The oral history interviews are now nearly completed, with only a very few remaining to be done. Sixty multigenerational families from all around New Zealand have been recorded, around 150 individual oral history interviews in total. All those participating in the project should have received, after a month or two, an audio CD with their oral history interview plus copies of the Agreement Forms. Please let us know if these have not arrived.
Please also let us know if your address or contact details change over the next year or two, so that we can get in touch if needed. You can let us know directly by email or through this website (see the previous contacts page).
The material we have recorded in the family oral history interviews includes insights into why family forebears migrated to New Zealand, rich and engaging stories about family life in the past, and the meaning of family photographs and inherited objects for those living in the present. Over the forthcoming year I will be listening to all the recordings and beginning the process of shaping this wonderful material into a book. Meanwhile Jared will start editing short excerpts for this website (where permission has been given) and will be in touch with you to confirm before we publish online.
Group at Hokio Beach, Horowhenua district. Adkin, George Leslie, 1888-1964 . Ref: 1/4-023248-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.