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This book is a simple tale of an eight-year-old school girl living on a farm on the outskirts of Riverton in 1915.


Violet’s class was asked by a visiting Red Cross worker to contribute something for the soldiers serving overseas. Violet had one brother George who had already volunteered for WW1, and two more brothers were to follow in his footsteps.


Over the course of the next month or so, Violet knitted a scarf for a NZ soldier. It was wrapped; her name went on a tag attached to the parcel; and along with thousands of other parcels, it was shipped to France.


It took over a year to get there. Hundreds of parcels were loaded onto the back of a wagon and hauled by horses into a New Zealand Camp near the frontline in France. Two soldiers randomly threw parcels out to the eagerly awaiting men. Extraordinarily, Violet’s brother George caught her parcel as it flew past.


George brought the scarf and the tag home. The tag is now in the Hocken Library in Dunedin.




Watch the Seven Sharp interview about Violet's Scarf.


Listen to Colleen's RNZ interview about Violet's Scarf.


Violet's Scarf made it into the Kete Books bestsellers list for two weeks running in May!

Violet's Scarf

  • Read the Army News review of Violet's Scarf here.

    Read the Kete Books review of Violet's Scarf here.

    Read Read NZ review of Violet's Scarf  here.

    Read Magpies review of Violet's Scarf  here.

    Read the Listener's review of Violet's Scarf here.

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