There is not a day that goes by that I am not surprised by what I learn while helping clients capture their stories, wisdom and family history.
Today a client shared how his father lived in the NSW Royal National Park out of necessity during the Great Depreciation 1929 – 1934, when just a young man. A group of men found themselves thrown together during desperate times. Living in caves and handmade shacks with whatever material they could find while pooling the earnings they received for working the allocated 1 day a week.
“Whoever got work that day would buy food for the group on the way home. One would buy flour, another would buy tea, butter and so on. They lived off the land, hunting wild rabbits, collecting oysters, fish and anything else they could gather just to survive”.
It makes you wonder how many other stories our families have to share with us, in helping us better understand where they came from and what made them who they are today. At the end of the day, our families stories are part of our personal history.
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