Memories are forever

“In the northern Victorian town of Rupanyup, winter doesn’t wait for June. It arrives in May, with its frosty breath and icy fingers, and announces itself in the early morning frosts on the paddocks.”

‘Jack and Carmel’ by Anna Brasier

Many of us want to record our family stories for future generations.

We want them to be shared and cherished. One way to do this is, to make your own family history book – it can be as big or as little as you like.

A Celebration of Love.

My pre-Christmas book project was this little piece of #familyhistory. I wrote, edited and designed this short story on a special day for my in-laws.

Thanks to Jack and Carmel, who were my gracious interviewees for my ‘Interviewing Techniques for Family History and Memoir workshop’.


Family stories

“But there are those stories that I have only heard whispered close, mouth to ear, …”

I’ve always wanted to delve into my family’s past and uncover the stories I know lie in wait. Some stories come to mind easily; they are alive in my heart and mind.

But there are those stories that I have only heard whispered close, mouth to ear, when I was young — they are the stories I want to uncover.

These are the stories many of us want to uncover.

In my Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History workshop, these are the stories that tug at the participants’ heart strings.

Here is a sample of some of the questions the group from Sunday’s Willy Lit Fest wanted to ask.

Family history questions

What do you remember about your last night before leaving?

I love watching you and Dad alone, tell me about how it makes you feel.

What was your first job when you left school?

What were your first impressions when you arrived?

What was life like before you left England?

Did you play sport during your teenage years?

Tell me about my cousins, aunties and uncles.

Why did you come to Australia?