It is a publication titled ‘Stories from Patonga’ that was released in December 2010. It is a collection of stories from 33 people who lived in Patonga between 2006-2010. It is not an historical account, but rather a collection of those people’s memories that sometimes gave glimpses of Patonga’s history.
In January 2020, Patonga Project announced that work would begin on a new edition, ‘More Stories from Patonga’. In the first edition, I would sit with people and have a chat about their experiences and memories of Patonga. The conversation was recorded and later transcribed. The Corona virus disrupted our plans for some time. With restrictions now being lifted, we can now proceed and we have developed an additional pathway.If you have a computer, can you send me a story? The only rules are, there must be some relationship to Patonga and you can’t make any comment that others might find hurtful.
Some questions that may help you focus include:
How did you get to find Patonga? What do you remember of that time? Do you have any special traditions relating to Patonga? Do you remember any ‘characters’ from that time? What did you do when you were there? Who did you do it with? What did you love about Patonga?
You might find it easier to grab a photograph of a time when you were at Patonga. Who is in the photo? What were you doing? Why?
We have never had a camping story and so many campers visit every year!
If you don’t have a computer, can you record your story (or your Mums) and send me the file? I’ll type it for you.
These books are essentially a collection of people’s stories and they can’t be done without people contributing their memories. ‘Stories from Patonga’ is a feel-good sort of a read, it is not rocket science, nor will it ever be a best seller. But it did give people a smile and helps to preserve some of the memories that make Patonga such a special place. We expect the same with ‘More Stories from Patonga’.
Please send me a story. Photographs make the story come alive so try to include some. I can help you to edit the story and scan photos or help in any way that I can. You have final editing rights and can withdraw your consent to use the story at any time up to publication.
When we have a collection, we will publish it and have a book launch in the hall for all contributors. The last book launch was enjoyed by everyone.
Get on board – it is not as scary as it sounds.
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