Monthly Archives: June 2012
The idea for Celebrate Living History arose from a need to preserve memories from seniors for future generations.
While it started simply with an idea to capture stories for an exhibition it became much more.
Instead of using mainstream methods, I decided to ultilise video camera to capture the moment in a special way there is no way smiles, feelings and cheeky winks can be replicated.
What I discovered in three months was the abundance of activities available for seniors and while it may be daunting to attend at first they are full of laughter and cheeky antics.
I remember my first time at Frankston National Seniors being one of surprise; I wasn’t expecting to speak to a full house of chatterboxes who calmed down when the table was banged!
Even though the idea of the Celebrate Living History website is my own initiative I personally work with a variety of not-for-profits and senior groups at a grass-roots level and believe I promote the positives of ageing from a different perspective.
All I am asking for is assistance with a website to spark my dream of cherishing these yarns and maybe one day being able to offer opportunities for graduates to showcase their work.
The lure of seeing a ghost at the Ballam Park homestead is what intrigued me about this Frankston hotspot.
Even though I did not feel a strange chill as I embarked on the tour, what I discovered was a passion radiating from the volunteers who spoke as if it was just yesterday the Liardet family resided in the home.
What I loved about the tour was time stood still and it really felt like I was a guest of the Liardet family in the 1800s.
However I don’t think I would last one minute in the home, as I am too accustomed to heating and proper bathroom facilities!
It is hard to imagine families used to have up to 10 children and sadly a majority would not live to become an adult.
Some of these deaths would be due to diseases easily cured today like small pox and tragic accidents like being run over by a horse carriage.
It was really tough to survive in the 1800s and I’m really glad I was a kid born in the 1980s.
Some of the items on display in the museum are really interesting and I loved delving into the old dresses donated by those in the Frankston area.
I would recommend this tour to anyone who would like a fun day out which is not only affordable but comes with a choice of scones at the end of the journey!
The Ballam Park Homestead is open Sunday afternoons from 1-5pm and the tour includes entry to the house, museum, buggy shed and blacksmiths shop.
This video showcases people behind the Celebrate Living History campaign within Frankston and the Gold Coast.
Its been three months and i’ve rallyed support from Big Plan, Trever Young PR Guru, Griffith University, Village Baxter, National Seniors, Frankston Ladies Probus, Independant Retirees, Frankston High School reunion organisors, Ballam Park Homestead and Frankston Leader.
I have loved listening to many yarns and hope there is a viable future for Celebrate Living History to become a reality as I would one day love to offer a struggling graduate an opportunity that I never received.
Can’t believe i’ve only got 23 days to go for my campaign on Pozible but I have faith that it will happen! Someway 🙂
A reunion for carnies is what attracted me to the Gold Coast but my journey took an interesting twist!
Instead of relaxing and mingling with the old Dreamworld crew, I decided to embark on a mission to bring Celebrate Living History to the GC.
Ask anyone who knows me once I have an idea I will do anything to make it a reality!
Suddenly I had this vision of students from Griffith University gathering stories from seniors and creating a buzz not only in Frankston but Australia -wide.
I know from my years at university that I did so much volunteer work and would have ached to be part of something never achieved in Australia.
So the challenge was to get the king of the Journalism department Professor Steven Stockwell eager to spread the word.
Quite frankly I was nervous and wasn’t too sure if he would remember my face!
The campus had changed so much from 2009 and it was really weird having to look on a map to see where Steven’s office was!
Not surprisingly there was books all over the office and a colorful man in the middle of the room!
Despite all these years, Steven still looked the same and I felt comfortable when he had a few minutes to spare for this little backpacker to talk about a dream.
Instantly words started coming out of my mouth about the difficulties I had faced trying to find a job in the industry and my desire to be able to one day use my degree.
I think he looked rather surprised and impressed I had a dream that I wanted to make a reality.
He was amazed I was using my initiative and have not received any funding for my project.
Right away he started giving me advice on organisations to apply for a grant including the lottery Commission and the National Museum of Canberra.
Then he researched potential journalism students that could be involved in capturing yarns on the Gold Coast.
Inside I was a doing a little dance for joy if the king of the doff thought my idea was a great one then it must have such potential!
Like a dork I was pretty excited when he put my advertisement for Senior Star journalists outside his front door!
Next on my list was a visit to Gold Coast Councilor Dawn Crichlow who is very passionate about senior issues.
Surprisingly I wasn’t very nervous, but I had visited the office so many times as a student gathering quotes for articles.
It was like time stood still and I was transported to 2008 everything looked the same and it was like Dawn had not aged one bit!
While Dawn did not have time for an interview she gave me some good advice about seniors on the Gold Coast and ideas for potential stories.
The next day I decided to visit retirement central Tweed Heads where a large majority of senior stars live.
It was amazing the reaction I received for my idea and I had a few seniors suggest I should gather stories in accordance to major events like the Melbourne Cup in the 1950s.
Mainly they were pleased I held such an interest in their yarns and wished me well!
Also I discovered potential sponsors like motor homes, fancy toilets, real estate and retirement villages.
I never thought the Gold Coast would be a mecca for my idea but just by walking along the beach in Surfers Paradise there is a sense of pride in the community shown through old photos showcasing what it was like in the past.
What I also loved is in shopping Centre Australia Fair there is a board showcasing classes at the U3A and activities seniors can do so they are not isolated.
Personally I found my trip to the Gold Coast very busy but rewarding and I can’t wait to work with my new crew of senior star journalists.
Celebrate Living History is going to take over the world…cue evil laugh! ok maybe not! But the Gold Coast is a start!
So I have plans for world domination…yeah right! but anything is possible huh?
Well I have just written a letter to Griffith University career board organsior Lyn hoping I can get university students on board in the Gold Coast.
Have a gander if you like!
I am a former student of Griffith University Gold Coast campus, I graduated with a post-grad in Journalism Mass Communications in 2008.
Since then I have struggled to find a job in the industry that I am passionate about and have decided to embark on an idea celebrating the living history of seniors.
While gathering stories from Frankston residents for an exhibition, I realised their yarns should be preserved for future generations they were about first love, the old coal mine at Olivers Hill and dances at the Mechanics Hall.
I collected these stories with a twist instead of writing them all down, I did it all by video camera which has never been before.
I hope to branch out and cover other communities within Australia.
While at university, I did so much volunteer work through the Griffith University career board and know if I were still a student I would jump on this opportunity to be apart of something different.
What I am looking for are journalism students who are passionate about gathering yarns from seniors within the community, in return for mentorship and experience on their resume.
At the moment I can’t offer paid internships as I am literally doing everything on a very tight budget, but in the future I do hope to become commercially viable to offer an opportunity that I never received.
I know I don’t slot into the not-for-profit section but I hope that you would give an ex-student a chance to make a dream a reality.
To check out some of my work so far visit my blog www.goldendaysimages.com and my campaign on website Plan Big http://www.planbig.com.au/celebrate-living-history