Telling Stories with Data - Uncle Freddy's story

The story of Uncle Freddy is a true story and is used here to illustrate how, Aroaro’s mapping tool, can be used to tell a story. Based on datasets of people, places and events created from a almost unknown family history, Freddy’s war record and other sources a sketch of the life of this “unknown” warrior can be appreciated from many different view points. 

Before Uncle Freddy’s War

Events leading up to him leaving Aotearoa – New Zealand. It illustrates the simplicity with which a story such as this can be told from a dataset of people, organizations, places and events.


Recorded using Aroaro on HoloLens in a garden in Orakei


,From Data to Story

This shows how the dataset to the left is mapped on to the map points to tell the story. The scene here is Le Quesnoy where he was killed in the last week of the war and where his great great granddaughter built the Peace Garden, Rangimarie, for the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, unaware at the time of Uncle Freddy’s Story. 


Recorded using Aroaro on HoloLens in Orakei

The Spheres are people, organisations and places

A network view of the same data shows many interesting details such as people who, as yet, are not connected to any events. Naturally as this is a dataset representing Uncle Freddy’s Story he has the highest number of connections through events.

Recorded using Aroaro in VR (Windows Mixed Reality)

Dataset of Uncle Freddy’s Story

This dataset is a view of the data in a simple Microsoft Access database which records people, places and events. The Who, What, Where and When and When of lives.

Recorded using Aroaro in VR (Windows Mixed Reality)

More of the same in a different setting (Kohimarama)

Imagine now taking this experience or others you have composed by creating a dataset of people, places and events, to the locations of meaning. For instance in this case to Le Quesnoy the site of Uncle Freddy’s death and his great great niece’s Garden of Peace, Rangimarie,  which commemorates the liberation by the New Zealand Division. 

Recorded using Aroaro in VR (Windows Mixed Reality)