A LOCAL LAD

MY LIFE STORY

by

JIM SIMMONDS

Life Stories

Welcome to Jim’s stories, humbly shared for a wider audience.

“I grew these gum trees and planted them out to form the shelter belt.  A lovely massive gum admired by many, is now the stump.  I decided to cut it out a few years ago, as gums like this are known for dropping off large branches and killing people.  I didn’t want that to happen to anyone.  They are often called ‘Widow Trees’ for this very reason.” – Jim Simmonds

Introduction

1. My Ancestors

2. Childhood

3. First Jobs

4. Joining The Army

5. War

6. Prisoner of War

7. My Escape

8. Home

9. Kahutara

10. Family Contributions

11. The Last Word