Pocket Memoirs

The Pocket Memoir is for those who wish to concentrate on a specific period of their lives, for instance their childhood. It is for those who do not wish to embark on a full Life Story book or family history.

A Pocket Memoir involves three interviews of two-hours’ duration in the comfort of the person’s home. The material is lightly edited, and the Pocket Memoir is produced as a booklet on beautiful paper with photos to illustrate the story.

Anne Finch

Anne’s Pocket Memoir describes her early life, beginning with her childhood in Soest, The Netherlands, and her experience as a teenager under Nazi occupation during World War II. Food was scarce at the end of the war and Anne recalls her mother exchanging her gold watch and some jewellery for a sack of potatoes. As a young woman Anne travelled by ship to New Zealand to meet up with her future husband Wouter Finch, who had emigrated. It was 1952 and Queen Elizabeth II was visiting when Anne’s ship docked in Wellington. Anne remembers the harbour was ‘absolutely like a fairy land’ as the ships were all lit up. ‘Why didn’t people tell me it was so beautiful here?’ she asked. The couple settled in New Zealand and raised eight children.

210 x 145 mm
Cost: $40
email: maria@lifestories.co.nz

A Pocket Memoir can also document an ancestor’s life, for example Sid’s War (pictured).

Sid’s War

by Maria de Jong

This is not a tale of heroism in the trenches of World War I but of survival. Seven hundred kilometres of trenches wound through France and Belgium from the Swiss border to the North Sea, a daunting prospect for any soldier let alone a 16-year-old farm boy from Manuwatu. Sid Stanfield describes ‘going over the top’, blundering through mud, weighed down by eighty pounds of equipment, ordered to ‘charge’ under machine gun fire while 12-pounder guns lobbed shells from behind. It was an impossible task and he knew it. Whether it was luck or skill, Sid proved to be adept at avoiding death. Wounded four times and gassed, he survived what has been dubbed New Zealand’s ‘Blackest Day’ at the Battle of Passchendaele when 843 men lost their lives. This is Sid’s story.

210 x 145 mm, 80 pages, maps and photos
Cost: $30
email: maria@lifestories.co.nz

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