Chief Petty Officer Ivan Brown was a founding member of the Otago Division of the Royal New Zealand Volunteer Reserve in 1928. In the transcript he speaks of the early days of the Otago Division and the Volunteer Reserve, especially the sea training onboard HMNZS WAKAKURA and the various sloops put into service for this task.
The Oral History Project commenced in 1991 as part of the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
The oral histories include veterans’ memories from as early as WW1 and include personal stories of naval personnel recently returned from duties in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, East Timor and the Sinai.
Oral history is an important method of collecting unique and personal recollections – historical evidence that might otherwise be lost forever. The recorded and transcribed interviews help to create a fuller understanding of our past. These testimonials provide a unique insight into the naval life of men and women during war and peace.
The recounting of the testimony can be emotional for an interviewee who may never have discussed the details of his or her experiences with anyone before. The Museum takes great responsibility in handling these unlocked memories.