On land, sea and in the air, this fifth series of Memories of Service covers many of the major moments of twentieth century conflicts, in the words of those who were there. Men and women relive the formative times of their lives, be it facing the enemy, treating the injured or taking on jobs back home, left vacant by the men who went to fight. Produced by director David Blyth and Hibiscus Coast Community RSA Museum curator Patricia Stroud, the interviews are a valuable record of those who served. The individual interviews are also available on NZ On Screen.
We were the first women in New Zealand to ever be paid a man’s wage, which didn’t go down very well with the farmers of course.– Joan Butland on being a land girl during World War II