We ran a workshop with some Sunshine Coast folks and asked them who they’d interview if they had the chance, what they’d talk about and what questions they’d ask if they could. Here’s snapshot of what they said.
Gary, in his 60’s and originally from Wales, said he’d ask his wife her views on their migration to Australia. Some of his questions were:
- How do you feel about the decision we made? Was it the right one?
- What are your feelings of the bad time? And the good?
- What would you have done differently if you had her time over?
Chris wanted to ask her dad about his childhood in an orphanage. A couple of her questions were:
- What was it like living in an orphanage?
- What was it like being adopted?
- How has your view of yourself changed over the years?
Ellen (70-something) wanted to talk to her adult daughter who is caring for her daughter – a teenager – and a young grandchild. Ellen would ask:
- How did you feel when your daughter became pregnant as a teenager?
- How has this situation affected your life?
- What are your hopes for yourself, your daughter and your grandson?
Robyn has a friend who was detained and persecuted in South Africa. She thought she would ask:
- How did you cope being detained?
- What kept you going?
- Do you think about those times? What do you think about?
- Tell me about planning your escape?
Grant wanted to talk to his father about his time as a bomb disposal officer in the army.
- What was the training like to become a bomb-disposal officer?
- Were there any a scary times or events?
- How did you feel each time you were called to an event?
- Why did you do this job?
80-year-old Morrie thought he’d want to tell someone about his longstanding involvement with dancing. We thought the questions might be:
- Why did you start dancing?
- Why did you start organising dances and other events?
- Can you talk about how dancing was fulfilling for your own life? How about for your relationship with your wife, your fiends and family?
Joan wanted to ask her grown daughter what she remembers of living through the Blue Mountains bush fires as a child in the ‘70s.
- What do you remember about the house we were living in?
- What are your memories of what was going on outside?
- How did you feel about what was happening?
- Can you remember what you did?
- I’ve often wanted to ask you how it was for you. Did you wonder how it was for me?