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Early in 1990, Hugh Macdonald approached former National Film Unit colleagues
David Sims and Kit Rollings with the concept of making a series of social and
technological history documentaries featuring stories from the pioneering days
of European colonisation of New Zealand.

This resulted in the formation of Memory Line Productions and over the next
twenty years, six one hour videos have been produced and released in domestic and
international markets. Covering many now-vanished aspects of the country's
history from pioneering stories of coal-mining, indigenous logging and farming
to the construction of the rail networks that enabled the new industries to

Stories and visuals came from interviews with people who lived and worked in
the last days of New Zealand's pioneering era and from unique private
collections of archive movie film and stills. Much time and care was put into
recreating the sounds of vanished and forgotten technologies, and the Series
achieved much public popularity and several international awards.

Over their careers, the three Memory Line Partners have individually and
collectively garnered around one hundred film and television awards. The
Memory Line Series has now been digitally re-mastered for sale on DVD.

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