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Questionnaire hints for interviewing elderly relatives

       Your memories of:

            First days at school/teachers
            Secondary school
            Schoolyard games, e.g. marbles, swap cards, knuckles, hop scotch, skippy, etc
            Going to church
            Going on holidays and their locations
            Visiting the cemetery
            First job, hours per week, pay, conditions
            Family pets
            Experiences with death
             "            "    birth
            Family weddings
            First falling in love
            Courting/Dating customs
            The Depression
            The War Years
            Family superstitions
            Family predjudices/racism
            Father's employment
            Father out of work/working away from home
            Mother's employment
            Mother's favourite occupations in the home
            Family friends
            First house and neighbourhood
            My bedroom/kitchen/neighbourhood
            Family garden/fruit trees/vegie patch
            Best friend
            Entertainment, e.g. dances, footy, movies
            Household smells
            Main Street in town
            Transport, e.g. horse & cart, car, trams, trains, etc
            Household deliveries, e.g. baker, iceman, rent collector, groacer, butcher
            Old photographs
            Stories my mother used to tell
               "    "  father     "     "   "
            Your Grandparents/Great Grandparents
            Radio programs/tv programs
            Books I used to read/books read to me
            Family games we used to play
            Family and personal hobbies
            Family outings, e.g picnics, sea bathing, concerts, theatre, school
            Household chores - who did what?
            Family routines and rituals
            Music we played or listened to
            Family doctor/dentist
            Hospital - as a patient or a visitor
            Military - 
            Newspapers, comics, magazines we read
            Police force and law enforcement
            Voting and family politics
            Crimes - by others or family members
            Pubs, 6 0'clock closing, temperance attitudes
            Childhood diseases, e.g. polio, diptheria, whooping cough, tuberculosis,measles
            Natural disasters, e.g. bushfires, floods, storms, etc
            Local and city shows, e. g. garden fetes; hospital day.
            Local and state footy teams barracked for
            The Olympic Games
            Moving house/town/school
            Migrants coming to the community
            Family Skeletons/gossip
            "Strange relations- where did they fit in, and whose were they?
            Wealthy relations
            Things that were never talked about.

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This page created 10 January 2010 & amended 20:59 21/10/2013