In 1957, Shelia & Joe Brouder sailed for six weeks from London to New Zealand & built their life in Gore, Southland. They raised two little girls - Karen & Julie, & often made the journey back to Ireland to visit their home.
I grew up with the story of their adventure & have always been in awe of their bravery to leave everything they knew behind.
Fast forward to 2017, I found myself singing my way around Ireland & connecting with their beautiful family along the way, I wrote Ends of the Earth in a Dublin backpackers during that trip & it tells their migration story through Grandad’s eyes.
I am grateful everyday that I knew their kind, hardworking natures & they will forever hold a special place in my heart. I know there so many New Zealander's with similar stories, so I hope this song resonates with you.
"She didn't even flinch, took my hand in hers
& said, I'll be packed by the morning' my love,
let's go find the Ends of the Earth."