Jane Tolerton ; Bev Short; 2014; 2014.010


Jane Tolerton

About this object

Bev Short's portrait of Jane Tolerton depicts her at Wellington's south coast holding a photograph of Ettie Rout and her volunteers. Jane and Nicholas Boyack wrote in their 1990 book, 'In The Shadow of War: New Zealand Soldiers Talk About World War One and Their Lives' that we "wanted to find out what the war did to the New Zealanders who took part in it - to ascertain what kind of shadow the war cast - to gauge its effects on the individuals involved in the nation as a whole." They were part of a new wave of historical inquiry that used oral history interviews, diaries and letters to throw fresh light on the everyday experiences of supposedly ordinary people in wartime and afterwards. 'Ettie,' her biography of Ettie Rout, won the 1993 New Zealand Book Award for Non-Fiction and reached a wide audience. In 2013 she returned to the war with a re - examination of the World War One Oral History Archive interview in her book, 'An Awfully Big Adventure.'


Bev Short

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Medium and Materials

lambda print


600 x 430

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Tolerton, Jane

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