Kevin McCarthy, the museum’s new Fundraising, Marketing & Communications Advisor from New Zealand – thanks to New Zealand’s Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) – then sent the details of the find to the Otago Daily Times in New Zealand, hoping someone might know something. And someone certainly did.
Paul Gorman, who wrote the original story in the Times was contacted by Jude Walcott, James’ daughter and Senior Communications Advisor at Radio New Zealand. Jude’s cousin had seen the story and passed it on to her. Jude was thrilled that a piece of her family’s history had been discovered and we were just as thrilled to be able to solve a small puzzle of Santo’s hidden history.
Jude will be further researching her father’s time on Santo through the New Zealand Air Force Archives, and as she discovers more, we’ll post it here.