Monthly Archives: August 2012

Howdy Folks…so you want a great public relations opportunity?

Just realised what i’m doing is a great public relations opportunity for a business that has a lot of community values, lets see what I have to offer to combat any more rejection letters!

Well theres a girl who uses initiative to make a dream a reality. Despite heaps of rejection she decides to forge ahead and create a not-for-profit social enterprise and the Celebrate Living History of Frankston exhibition.

Despite having the odds stacked against her she knows the life of a full-time waitress is not in the cards!

Thinking outside the sqaure she decides the Gold Coast may have some love for her!

Even staying in backpackers and flying on low budget airlines, did not deter the passion boiling inside her!

She managed to impress her old university lecturer Steven Stockwell and speak to journalism students!

Soon she had a posse of interns gathering yarns on the Gold Coast…she thought I will take over the world one tale at a time!-cue evil laugh!

One week later she arrives back in Franga and thought “Hey i’ve gathered so many amazing stories, i’m going to forge ahead with this exhibition even if I have to to lay-by everything to make this a reality!”

She made a promise to all the seniors from day one that their stories will be cherished in the community and despite everything wants to make this dream a reality.

Maybe her idea isn’t sexy but its full of old values and community spirit…surely that must count for something!

If you are from Frankston and would like to put Sam Newman to shame please click “like” on Celebrate Living History of Frankston on Big Plan! She needs a little help to make this exhibition a reality! Thanks folks! 🙂


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Hey its a youth inspired Celebrate Living History of Frankston poster!

I made a call out for a youth inspired Celebrate Living History of Frankston poster…this is what the talented Mark Bishop came up with.

Celebrate Living History poster

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Casual chat with Christine Mullen

By Bev Wilkinson

Teacher’s aide Christine Mullen talks about being a student at Frankston High School, teaching and her love for Frankston.

Tell me a bit about yourself?

I have been a teacher for many years and have a family of two girls. I’m a widow and my husband died about eight years ago. I love to travel and sew. I love my football team St Kilda. I have a good group of friends that I met around the Frankston area and were still friendly now.

I’m going to delve into the past, what was it like being a student at Frankston High School?

I was at Frankston High School from 1959-1963. My father was a builder so we moved around quite a bit in those days after the war.

Once I started at Frankston High school things started to settle down that was the only secondary college I went to until year 10.

My memories of Frankston High aren’t so much in the classroom its more sports, not so much participating but I love to spectate. Things like swimming sports and carnivals anything outside. Also any productions, my brother was a very good singer and I tried to emulate him.

What types of productions were there at Frankston High School?

It was Gilbert and Sullivan type productions by the music teacher. The one that I can remember most was a very short musical Trail by Jury, it was quite fun to be involved. The choir sang at the end of the year award ceremonies, we did a lot at functions for the school.

Were there any productions similar to the Rock Eisteddfod?

Not in those days, I was involved heavily in the Rock Eisteddford at Lyndhurst Secondary College. Being a textiles teacher for the first three years I made and organised costumes.

I had a class of students who wanted to involve themselves in making costumes. The fourth time we entered the Rock Eisteddfod, I won best costume and I felt that was a feather in my cap.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I think it was Mrs. Oates at Frankston High School she was a really lovely lady and a good teacher.

My mother was very good with needlecraft and so from then, I thought it would be a good occupation to become a teacher.

I love kids still do, basically adolescence of course they are going to be the people that look after us in nursing homes. So we should be looking after our young ones.

How has teaching changed from the 1950s to now?

Students have a problem with authority in the classroom. Technology has changed so much it can be used as a good tool if you have a very good teacher in the classroom. Its not good with computers when students are accessing stuff they should not be, while the teacher is instructing.

They have to have a standard in schools where they say no computers and
i-phones while teacher is instructing.

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

Study hard particularly maths, it was never my favorite subject. Now as a teacher’s aide I’m semi-retired and work three days a week at Lyndhurst Secondary College. Math’s is very important, I know I’ve use it in drafting. Trigonometry back in the old days used to scare me. Now it’s a lot easier with calculators.

I also love English; it can be inspirational if you have a good teacher.

What were you like as a student?

Because I’ve been to so many primary schools, I was a very quiet student very well intimated, as the years went on I drew strength from that and became friends with people that perhaps I would not have been friends with if I had not been at other places.

I found after a while it became easy to make friends. I was a very timid student in primary school and in secondary college I gained confidence and enjoyed my education.

I became a little bit of a joker; I loved to get a get a laugh of people with practical jokes such as putting a spider under the lid of the piano.

What were some of the most exciting moments in Frankston?

The movie On the Beach that was huge in Frankston, something that we were all excited about. I think I saw the head of Ava Gardner walking along, but that’s about all I saw. That’s when I think Frankston started to get a name for itself, before that we were a sleepy little town.

What were some of your hobbies?

I used to draw the bay right across to Melbourne; in those days there weren’t as many skyscrapers.

What advice would you give to future teacher?

If you want to be a teacher makes sure your motives are good. If your going into it for money and holidays that’s fine but remember your molding young people to look after the earth when were gone.

Be patient, have a good sense of humor. You have to be honest and fair. Have to have a certain type of intelligence. You don’t necessarily have to be the brightest person on earth but you have to be dedicated it becomes your life and it takes over.

Tell me about some of your most memorable students?

For eight years I was a welfare coordinator, students that stick out in my mind are those that have bounced back through adversity, the ones that make something of their lives.

I can remember many over reactions from myself such as when I found condoms on door handles filled with yogurt.

As far as individual students are concerned you remember the kids that become dux of the classrooms.

I’ve seen them go out at year 12 fantastic citizens and to think I’ve had a hand in that gives me great joy.

What did you like about growing up in Frankston?

I’m proud to say I’m a Frankston girl. I love Frankston. All these jokes about Frankston now really upset me because Frankston is and was a beautiful place.

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Oh well with every rejection letter…I must come closer to a YES!

Tatts reject letter

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Golden Days Images Hits the Gold Coast

By Helana Tulloch (Griffith University Gold Coast intern)

Golden Days Images is a company founded in 2011 by Bev Wilkinson, originally a photo to DVD/CD scanning business that progressed, leading her to create an exhibition to celebrate the stories of the residents of Frankston using video rather than print.

It all occurred while interviewing her first subject for the exhibition, Dorothy Dempster that Bev discovered there was more to her story. “The realisation hit me that if I wasn’t capturing her story, maybe one day she will pass and all those valuable memories will never be shared with future generations,” says Wilkinson.

This realisation led Wilkinson to start a campaign on the crowd funding site Pozible to raise funds for a website which could showcase all the great memories she was collecting. Although the campaign was not as successful as Wilkinson had hoped, it gained attention from Triple J radio and the Frankston Standard Leader newspaper.

With her passion for collecting senior’s memories and her love of making them feel special, Wilkinson is now heading in a new direction, drafting business plans which will see Golden Days Images become a not-for-profit social enterprise.

In the future, Wilkinson hopes to establish a nation-wide internship program which will nurture the relationship and bridge the gap between students and seniors. Providing students with the opportunity to gain experience and build a portfolio, saying “it really makes a difference when a young person takes interest in a senior’s life.” Recently establishing her first internship program with Griffith University on the Gold Coast takes Wilkinson another step closer to her dream and expands her business from its roots in Frankston to the Gold Coast community.

The Celebrate Living History of Frankston exhibition, to be held on October 14, is an event, which Wilkinson hopes will inspire others to follow their dreams and invoke a sense of pride for the seniors interviewed.

The exhibition also aims to give back to the community, with five percent of the profits from the event being donated to Alzheimer’s Australia.

Golden Days Images contacts local seniors through community groups to conduct face to face interviews which are then produced into short videos about the subjects’ lives.

The interview footage is intercut with personal images of the interviewee and placed on the Golden Days Images blog. The aim of the blog is to treasure the memories of locals, not just their personal lives but also the history of the town of Frankston.

The blog also provides a special place where other seniors can go to learn more about their generation and for the seniors’ family and friends to go and learn more about their loved ones, preserving their memories for future generations.

Wilkinson has big dreams for the future of Golden Days Images but she doesn’t see it as just her job, it is something very personal which she is extremely passionately about, “I really don’t notice the age difference… for me it is very rewarding.”

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Celebrate Living History of Frankston exhibition | PlanBig

Howdy Folks can you please like Celebrate Living History of Frankston on Plan Big? I’m trying to get noticed by sponsors and save trees.

Celebrate Living History of Frankston exhibition | PlanBig.

Mock poster

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Hey its Georgia the mastermind of the Frankston High School Reunion!…

Georgia Anderson is the mastermind behind the successful organisation of Frankston High School alum in both Victoria and Queensland.

I followed graduates from the reunion held at Frankston High School in April and migrated to Brisbane for the reunion held at New Farm Park in July.

What motivates Georgia to bring the kids of Frankston together is everyone has a great time at these events, even 99-year-olds!

If Georgia could have a yarn to her 16-year-old self she would say “Don’t knock back the offer of going to university, though I say that and I left school just before I was 15, got a great job on the HMS Cerberus and did really well.”

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