Discovering Glengarry's Community Spirit
About Discovering Glengarry's Community Spirit
This project has been a long time coming. The idea was first developed a few years ago when Ted Ramsay took me to visit some of his neighbours on Conway Crescent so I could chat with them about how they came to live in Glengarry and why they had lived there for so long.
One thing I have realised since becoming part of the Glengarry community is the strong connection people have with this community. I hope by sharing these stories and memories that this exhibition shows how and why that strong connection has developed, why it remains just as strong today as it was in the 1960s and I hope it encourages everyone to think more deeply about their own community and their place in it.
It has been a privilege to undertake these 23 interviews. I interviewed people who bought land and built homes in Glengarry in the late 50s and early 60s. I interviewed people who grew up in Glengarry in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I also interviewed former business owners and people who have moved to the area more recently.
I hope the words I have chosen paint a picture of the Glengarry community that shows that what has mattered most to the community has always been its people. Glengarry people are people who care and people with a heart for their community. Thank you for sharing your stories with me.
Rebecca (Becs) Amundsen
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Thank yous – Firstly Heritage South and the Invercargill City Library who oversee the running of the Southland Oral History Project – without both these groups the Oral History Project would not exist and I would not have had the opportunity to undertake this project. Both groups are always supportive of my ideas. The ILT Foundation who provided the funding for the printing of the panels; Warrick Low for assistance with the STQRY app so the audio extracts can be part of this project. Abby Rogan who did the panel layout – you made them more awesome than I imagined, thank you! The Back 9 Design team who are always great to work with. David Dudfield, Sarah McCarthy and Edna Weedon who lent a hand and advice. Glen Tomlinson at the library who did an amazing job at putting together the audio extracts. All the Glengarry people who shared their stories and have helped make this project a success. And finally Phil Orr – husband and general right hand man – without whom all of the things I wanted to do would be nearly impossible. I am forever grateful for the time you give up for me and my projects.