Hello Gold Coast!

Last week I visited the Gold Coast and caught up with Steve Stockwell and Myjanne Jensen from Griffith University! It was very exciting to chat about the future of Celebrate Living History and our first grant application to continue working with students and seniors.


It was very exciting to meet current Griffith University intern Trine and first intern Helana! So very happy to meet my students in person!


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Sneak peek at our first intern newsletter!

Sneak peek at our first intern newsletter!

Swinburne prof

Our first newsletter as created by Griffith University intern Trine Tessem Moerkeset

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October 6, 2013 · 3:35 am

Meet Celebrate Living History’s very first Victorian Interns!

I was very excited yesterday to meet Celebrate Living History journalism interns from Swinburne University!


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I see you

I was chatting to a senior and she told me there comes a time in your life that you become invisible.

 Suddenly your not there and people don’t see you, maybe because the blinkers have been taken off my eyes but I asked how? But I can see you?

 She told me sometimes she could be physically there but ignored, people don’t think she is anyone special just a little old lady.

 Then pointed at me and said one day it could be you.

 I thought this was really sad, this was a lady that had achieved so much she had taught and helped pave the way for generations to succeed in life.

 This was a lady who had a wicked sense of humor and so much still to share.

 I am glad that I had the ability to get to know her and see beyond the old lady mask.

 Sometimes we forget the oldies lived a life where they were young, they loved, they taught, they travelled and most of all they gained knowledge, which should be shared.

 Maybe my dream is big but I want to make every senior feel like a star and make younger generations see.

 Just like I have. 


This post is dedicated to my Grandmas who I saw, loved and learnt from.


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I’m hunting tertiary students for our very first Junior and Senior Star workshop!

Howdy i’m on the hunt for 10 students to join the U3A Creative Writing class at the Baxter Village on Thursday 8 August.

Its the very first workshop for Celebrate Living History and will give you the opportunity to peek into the past with a senior and write articles for the Celebrate Living History website and magazine. The seniors will also be bringing food from their favourite era!

If you are interested check out www.celebratelivinghistory.com and register as a Junior Star :)

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Its taken One Year, Four Interns, Eight Board members and a heck of a lot of research….

I’m kind of lazy so I just copied and pasted my interview from Bendigo Bank’s Big Plan site…

In a nutshell the Celebrate Living History website is up!! Whooo hooo!!!

My plan success story

1. Now you’ve marked your plan a success, what about it makes you most proud?

Its taken 1 year, 4 interns, 8 board members and a lot of research to get to this level. The Celebrate Living History website showcases my passion in one spot and really is a website made for the community by the community. I really hope from here we start to have a sustainable future, because this is the job that I want for life.

2. What challenges did you face on your journey and what have you learned?

I struggled a lot, I’ve treated Celebrate Living History as a real life uni project. I learnt how to create a not-for-profit enterprise from scratch, how to be a mentor to uni students and how to treat seniors like stars. But I think if I didn’t struggle I would not have appreciated the position I am in now, I am so proud of my students and I’ve learnt that age does not matter, seniors are just people who have lived on the planet longer than I have. They have a wealth of knowledge which I feel honoured to share with the community.

3. What are some ways that PlanBig has helped you?

I think having the plan out there motivated me to keep going, especially at the start when I was doing everything solo.

4. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Please have a gander at the Celebrate Living History website which showcases community, heart and a heck of a lot of work :)


Big Plan

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Vox Pop

Bev Wilkinson asks her favorite questions at the Household Relief Fund Third Annual Charity concert held at the Village Williamstown on Saturday 22 June.

What type of advice would you give to the younger generation?

Get any job if you don’t work your stuck on the dole. I’ve done it all and saved money.

Vice Connell

Go and be a nurse, it’s a good career path I was able to help people and my father just before he died.

Keep yourself fit and play golf

Alice Kane


What advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?

Read widely, keep your options open and study.

John Jennings


What advice would you give your younger self?

Stay healthy; be proud of what you are doing

Myrtle Cameron


What advice would you give to the younger generation?

Drink less and be good to your mother.

Netta Mitchell


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Study hard and stay in school. Enjoy yourself and explore many avenues while you can.

Grab any opportunity you get.

What advice would you give the younger generation?

Slow down, be kind, work hard and treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Ellen M


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