Book Launch – My Colourful Life

June 25, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Polish Heritage Trust Museum
125 Elliot St
Howick, Auckland 2014
New Zealand
Museum Staff
09 533 3530


my colourful life cover - CopyWanda Ellis is one of the 733 Polish Children of Pahiatua, come join us…

 My Colourful Life tells the remarkable story of an ordinary Polish woman whose life became entangled in the world changing events of World War II. Thoughtful, moving and uplifting, this account is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit as it demonstrates the unparalleled optimism and persistent hope of a young girl far from home.

Her family fell victim to the Soviet deportation of Poles into the Russian far North. Only Wanda, then aged fourteen, and her young brother made it to Persia where they found refuge in an orphanage in Isfahan before making the journey to New Zealand. Arriving in this new land opened a new chapter in Wanda’s life. After a temporary stay at the Polish Children’s Camp in Pahiatua, she moved to Auckland in 1945 to continue her education. Wanda Ellis received the Queen’s Service Medal in 2015.

Wanda’s book will be available $25.00 and can be signed by the author.

Stay and enjoy tea or coffee at 2.30pm