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Sue Gee

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Sue Gee became involved in recording oral history in 2005 as a member of the Chinese NZ Oral History Foundation. 21 Voices was their first major project, mostly recorded on analogue equipment and held at the Alexander Turnbull Library.  She was the inaugural secretary of CNZOHF for five years and recorded in the community for eight years until early 2013 when she recorded Shop-keepers of Dominion Road, part of the Auckland Council Dominion Road Stories project. Previously she had been a professional portrait photographer and experience from that era helped create an informative visual record of the shop-keepers and their surrounds.

 In September 20013 Vinka Garelja, Sue's Henderson neighbour told of her Dalmatian origins, life up North on the farm and out West as an orchardist. Her memories provided material for Sue to exercise her writing skills and the resulting essay The Fragrance of Wood won the J T Diamond Capturing The West essay competition that year.

 Thanks to a grant from the NZ Oral History Awards, Sue is currently working on a project From Guangdong to Aotearoa, recording the life histories of six NZ Chinese women who trace their ancestry back to Guangdong, China. The work will be held at Auckland Libraries West Auckland Research Centre and the Alexander Turnbull Library. In August, Sue plans to launch her new enterprise offering recording, photos and writing as a freelance oral historian.





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