Oral historians Ruth Greenaway and Megan Hutching have published a book called "Threads of caring - A history of the Anglican Trust for Women and Children" and during this event, they will talk about the history of this storied Auckland organisation which began with an orphan home in the central city 1858 and now works with its community in south Auckland.
While society has undeniably changed since the middle of the nineteenth-century, the problems of today’s clients bear a marked resemblance to the issues confronting those who came for help in the early days – lack of housing, an inability to keep a family together, the experience – by women in particular – of abuse or neglect as children or adults.
Ruth Greenaway is an oral historian and researcher, who has worked with families preserving stories for future generations, as well as migrants and refugees, Holocaust survivors, activists and various organisations.
She also has over 30 years experience working within the NGO sector in areas of online digital storytelling, recorded histories, and legacy mapping projects.
Megan Hutching is a freelance historian, specialising in oral history. Her research interests are women’s history and political activism.
Megan works on commissioned projects as an oral historian, and works two days a week at the Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland, where she lives.