Amy Luxton-Esler has been volunteering with our libary team since April last year. While working on our archives, she discovered a slice of her own family history. She writes about the experience below:

“Working with the library team at Blind Low Vision NZ came about as part of the final section to my library studies degree. A great opportunity – particularly as I had completed an archives paper in late 2018, so I’ve been able to put what I’d learnt to good use! Thanks to Geraldine Lewis, Blind Low Vision NZ Library Manager and Roland Brownlee, Blind Low Vision NZ Digital and Collections Services Librarian for giving me this chance.

“The archives project has me going through boxes of correspondence files and tabulating the information I find, noting essential things like the main facts being discussed, contact with any companies and organisations, date ranges, the main subject headings, and other key terminology that can be used for search purposes. As of now, 260 boxes have been tabulated, and there are about 440 more to go.

“One of the most exciting things during this process, was coming across a letter that had been sent to my grandfather in 1964 from the principal of Homai College. The letter was an expression of appreciation for the students from Homai being welcomed into the community and being included in various activities. At the time, Grandad was the minister at the Manurewa Methodist Church, which was not far from Homai. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any record of his reply.”

If you’re curious about our history, you can explore our achieves site Revisionary here.