16 lifetimes of treasured moments captured in print

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To help preserve our heritage and share stories from the past, a group of Sunshine Coast seniors has authored a new book that will feature in the State Library of Queensland

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“I wish I’d asked my grandparents more questions.”

It’s a common saying for many of us. To help preserve our heritage and share stories from the past, a group of Sunshine Coast seniors have authored a new book that will feature in the State Library of Queensland.

Moments We Treasure: Preserving Memories Forever, features 16 personal stories from Anglicare’s Sunshine Coast Writer’s Circle respite clients.

The stories cover themes that still resonate strongly today, including migrating to Australia, fighting fires, dealing with family tragedy, caring for the sick, living on the land and coming of age.

Anglicare Lifestyle and Wellbeing Team Leader Leah Sullivan said the Writer’s Circle has been working on the project for 12 months.

“Our writers have recalled memorable moments from their younger days, some funny, some happy, some sad. One thing that shines through is the value they place on family as the important anchor in their lives,” Leah said.

“In the book you will find stories from the heart and the wisdom of the past. We also share some old sayings and remedies you might have forgotten, and how we used to celebrate special occasions.

“It is an opportunity to share stories from the past with future generations.”

The Anglicare Sunshine Coast Writer’s Circle

Sippy Downs resident Edna Watts said the experience was incredibly rewarding.

“I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did. It’s been fantastic. It’s the most interesting book I’ve picked up for a long time,” Mrs Watts said.

“I enjoyed it because I’m a bit of a sticky beak and it’s very interesting to see how people have lived their lives.”

The book was officially launched at Kingdom House Tanawah on 11 February and will be available in local Sunshine Coast libraries and the State Library of Queensland.

Writer’s Circle author Edna Watts: “It’s the most interesting book I’ve picked up for a long time.”

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