Family history intrigues

Last updated 16:41 10/05/2012
Christine Clifton
Christine Clifton is collecting stories from the descendants of eraly Reikorangi settlers to compile into a book.

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Christine Clifton is collecting stories of early Reikorangi settlers to put in a book which will be published next year.

Fascinated with family history, she put together an exhibition at Reikorangi School in October 2009 and families brought in their old photos and family trees.

The interest from those who visited the school led to the idea of putting it all into a book.

Two of the displays are hanging in the Kapiti Coast Gallery, while Clifton continues to collect information and images for the book.

"[I'm looking for] lovely stories, beautiful photographs, some history and details of tragedies.

"Some of these littler things you won't find anywhere else," she said.

Kapiti Coast Museum secretary Diane Richards, who has been involved with the book, said some visitors who saw some of the collection were blown away by what they saw.

"One guy came in from Auckland . . . on the off chance there was something about his family," she said.

"[He] found his entire family tree, so we gave him a copy and he was over the moon."

Miss Clifton encourages anyone who has connections with the area to get in touch.

"They could be friends of family that spent a lot of time out there."

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