Monthly Archives: January 2012

So who passed on the short gene?…. Delving into the past with the family history club.

The idea of discovering traits my ancestors possessed is what lured me to the local family history club.

Even though I could easily jump on an ancestor finding website, I wanted to learn from the experts at Frankston City Library.

Sometimes working within a group can spark ideas like delving into shipping records, phone books, census details and haunting Melbourne City Library for further information.

One participant had been searching for his relatives for eight years, it was amazing the amount of time he spent each week delving into records.

I was impressed that he found a long lost relative who lived a few suburbs away in Moorabbin.

Surprisingly it was easy to find records in England, I was on a mission to find out about my Grandma Cissy Wilkinson who plays a starring role in Golden Days Images.

Within minutes on I had found a marriage certificate!

It was really handy to have all these records at the tip of my fingertips and I think I may return to find out further details!

So here is the plug…….

Click here for more information on Frankston City Library’s free family history club


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We hit Frankston beach for Australia Day

Who says hitting the promotional track is boring? Today we mix work with pleasure and took photos of the locals at Frankston beach. 






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Golden Days Images

Golden Days Images preserves old photos to DVD and CD, check us out at

Here are a few of our favourite snap shots








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The colourful characters of Frankston

The colorful characters that once inhibited the sleepy town of Frankston is what made me think of organising an exhibition showcasing these residents.

Its hard to believe in the 1930s the population of this bustling city centre was only 6,851 and considered a holiday getaway.

One intriguing person included John Maddox, nicknamed the Hermit as he lived in an isolated shelter on the ti-trees to the south of Seaford Road.

While John looked like a scary old man in reality he was quite pleasant and the locals used to share their homemade scones and cakes with him in exchange for fresh fish.

In a way John was tortured as he was a captain of a vessel that accidently sank with the loss of many lives.

Its sad to think this whiskery old chap held so much guilt and spent the rest of life living on the outskirts of society.

Another great personality included Father Gerald Tucker who founded the Brotherhood of St Lawrence in 1935.

While Father Tucker gave the impression of being an eccentric little man, he was an inspiration to many and showed if you dream big you can make it happen.

The dream was to create a settlement for homeless unemployed men and boys in Carrum Downs.

With a lot of hard work this vision was made a reality and old houses from Melbourne were transported to make way for a new community.

Those who attended Father Tucker’s Brotherhood of St Lawrence’s lectures have said he was a man who spoke with authority.

Its no surprise this one remarkable man paved the way for such a successful charity.

Golden Days Images is looking for residents within the Frankston area who would like to share their photographs and stories for an exhibition in August.

We are looking for members who have old photos they would like framed and displayed.

Also residents who want to share their stories on life growing up in Frankston for a documentary.

All participants will receive a free CD of their images.

If you are interested in taking part of this exhibition contact Bev on 0402926131 or email

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The Great Carnie Convention

The Luna Park class of 2001-2009 invade the theme park for some rides then a few drinks at the Village Belle in St Kilda.
Sat 14 January 2012






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Ooooh we have joined the big guns….I have a Golden Days Images t-shirt!

I was nervous but well prepared for my first meeting with Bartiste to discuss my exhibition idea to celebrate the history of Frankston locals.

Obviously Adele had to say YES! who can refuse the girl in the cool shirt?

If you have stories you would like to share or old family photographs taken within the Frankston area shoot me an email at

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Lights, Cameras ACTION!……Its my turn in the spotlight!!!

Bev Wilkinson, Golden Days Images

Golden Days Images preserves old photos and places them on DVD and CD. They are also branching out into capturing small events involving filming and photographing precious moments to place on DVD. 10 Dec 11 | Flying Solo

Here, we ask the tough questions.
Who, or what, is your biggest inspiration?
My mentor Kelly who runs a successful dog sitting business called L for Dog. She has made me think outside the square and I would like to be as successful as she is one day!

What’s the biggest challenge you face at work?
Golden Days Images is my first business so every day I am learning what it is like to be a small business owner. My major challenge so far is getting the word out that Golden Days Images is up and running and the general account keeping. But I love the creative aspects of the job and one day I would like to become much bigger!

What’s the most enjoyable element of your work? And the least enjoyable?
Every day I am involved in a role I am passionate about, this has been the dream for a long time! Before Golden Days Images every day was like a rejection train, I was constantly applying for jobs I was qualified to do but kept getting knocked back. I’m so happy to have received government support through the NEIS program to start my own business. I think one of my weaknesses is account keeping but I’m gradually getting better at it!

What do you love most about running your own business?
I love the endless possibilities. There are so many opportunities out there, it is just a matter of getting amongst it! I love that I can make on the spot decisions and don’t have to go through meeting after meeting to get one thing done. I love being creative and meeting lots of amazing people. I just love everything about Golden Days Images, its Valentine’s Day all year long!

What would be your advice to aspiring soloists?
Believe in yourself and your abilities, don’t be afraid to give it a shot, there is nothing to lose. If you are passionate and driven then success will follow.

Do you subscribe to any magazines or newspapers?
I love Frankie magazine. I’m constantly inspired by their witty writers and articles.

How would you describe yourself in three adjectives?
Bubbly, driven, passionate.

And now comes the plug!
What do you do? Who for? And how does it benefit them?
Golden Days Images preserves old photos and places them on DVD and CD. We are also branching out from scanning old photographs into capturing small events involving filming and photographing precious moments to place on DVD.

These situations are small but will be memorable in the future such as father and daughter at the beach or your precious pooch hanging out at the dog park.

I care a lot about community work and am currently starting an exhibition starring locals in Frankston.

And where can we find out more?

Flying Solo Directory:
My website:

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