On 15th August 2021, and proceed with my Book Launch at Perth, Boola Bardip Museum was joyful. No other word for it! Waiting during Uncertain times with COVID to whether we would go into lockdown and not be able to have this celebration hung like a heavy cloud.
Therefore, sincerely grateful was how we felt on the day, and aware much of the Eastern Seaboard of Australia were in lockdown conditions.
The Perth Museum is a venue well worth considering for your next event. We utilised the Woodside Education Hub, but there are numerous options throughout this magnificent building. The Importance of Indigenous Stories promoted is so poignant to the content in my third book, which captures historical insights through storytelling and tales.
Title: Hikoi of Discovery, Fathers Maternal Ascendants Emerge: Leaf, Maning (Manene), Diamond (Taimona). Hokianga, the 1800s-1920s and the King Country, 1930s-1950s is now available.
Two avenues for purchasing are:
(1) Viti's website: www.bearfruit.com.au
Book 3 Description: https://www.bearfruit.com.au/view/the-books/book-3-description
Book Order Form: https://www.bearfruit.com.au/view/the-books/form
(2) Email Viti direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos were taken at the Launch:
I intentionally wrote this book with a broader readership in mind. However, my first endeavours in writing within a historical/biographical context from a descendant's perspective feedback from the readership are encouraging.
"I'm thoroughly enjoying reading Viti Simmons' book - "Hikoi of Discovery". It is an absorbing experience delving into the history of the Diamond side of the family. There has been so much hard work, and passion poured into this book. It was a wonderful experience and privilege to attend your book launch and meet so many interesting people who were all somehow involved in the writing of your book. Well, done, Viti xx". (18th August 2021)
The importance of Social Media platforms has been the catalyst for reconnecting Whanau members unknown and living in Perth. Including those, I have not been in touch with since my formative years.
The communities associated with this book are Pakanae, Whirinaki, Kohukohu, Mangamuka in Hokianga Northland and Taumarunui and Manunui in the King Country, New Zealand.
Until we chat again, take care.