Danish immigrant stories

Every person has a story and when a person uproots from the homeland to travel to the other side of the world, it becomes more exciting. It is a better life or adventure that stirs up within hoping for to achieve their goal.
These are the stories of Danes who came to New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s, children who were immigrants and had their own experiences and born to Danish immigrant families.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The Danish Immigrant Stories Project has had a long gestation to bring it to this stage. Many people have been involved, each assisting the project to move on.

The project began with a group consisting of Helle Gilderdale, Visse Hopley, Christina Jensen and Pam Logan. They believed in the Danish Immigrant Stories Project and provided encouragement and support. Visse and Pam edited the work.

Professor, Dr Linda Bryder quietly supported the group’s work over the years and guided the project towards publishing on the web.

Marianne Kraack joined the team when technical assistance was required, provided further editorial processing and continues to be involved whole-heartedly.

Esther Barrett sadly passed away before she could see her story on the web, many thanks to her family for giving permission to publish her story. Oluf Basse, Kirsten Bøjsen-Møller, Paul Jørgensen, Lilly Sørensen and Bente Winter, you gave of your time and experience freely, you are thanked for being the foundation of the project. Your lives are testimonies of the Danish contribution to New Zealand.

Lastly, thanks go to The Danish Society in Auckland for accepting the project as part of its website. Special mention and thanks must go to Kurt Marquart, webmaster, who not only made a very special presentation on the web but enthusiastically embraced the project.

Each person mentioned has made a valuable contribution, for which I am deeply grateful.

Karen Andersen Yates

Danish Immigration Stories Project Co-ordinator

April 2017

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