Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sneak peek at my artist bio…its better than my education slapped on a page!

Howdy Folks Lets Celebrate Living History!

Words By Bev Wilkinson

Celebrate Living History of Frankston is an exhibition made from the heart, I am not a student, I am not an artist, I am a Communications Graduate who never had the opportunity to shine.

I had a dream one day the door to opportunity would open, I realised if I wanted to make this a reality then I would have to kick it down myself.

Its funny one photo of my Grandmother as a happy-go-lucky teenager is what made me think of the original concept of scanning photos to DVD and CD business.

It was never my intention to make Celebrate Living History into what you see today, until I conducted my first interview with Dorothy Dempster what she told me was never recorded in books but yet it was beautiful to hear her stories on what it was like growing up in this sleepy little town in the 1950s.

Something triggered inside me and I knew I was on to something….I started doing speaking gigs at community groups to gather more senior star recruits.

The very first group I crashed was Frankston National Seniors when they saw me I was asked with a confused expression “Are you here to join us?” I told a very amused senior I wanted to speak about the exhibition and I was placed in the just before the tea break time slot!

This time slot became a regular gig for the next seven months and these seniors soon became my friends, I don’t see age just a person who has many yarns to share.

I remember one of my interviews was with Sylvia Meehl who is related to Frank Richard Wells one of the pioneers of Frankston.

Sylvia started talking about Mr Wells and I stopped her and said, “That’s really great but I want to hear about you.” Sylvia stopped shocked I was interested in her life.

I believe what I am doing nurtures relationships between youth and seniors to celebrate stories about history, culture and community. My new dream is to embark on a social enterprise not-for-profit so I can establish a nation- wide student internship program, which will cherish these relationships.

Sometimes we forget “senior stars” really do need to be celebrated.

I hope this exhibition inspires you to think outside the square and believe dreams can really come true.

The Folks at National Seniors Frankston

National Seniors Frankston


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Howdy Folks can you please help make Celebrate Living History of Frankston an event to remember?

Howdy Folks to raise money for the Celebrate Living History of Frankston exhibition, i’m selling four postcards of my senior stars for $10.00. This money will go towards making this event one to remember and make my credit card a little less painful! Thank you!

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What a way to go! My last interview in Frankston is with backstroke queen Clarise Artis!

Drumroll please! It was like a dream come true when I received a phone call from Clarise Artis saying Yes to an interview!

She is an amazing inspiration to not only seniors but myself at the age of 97 she broke records in the 4 x 50 metre relay world masters for swimming.

Here is a sneak peek at my interview! And of course I had to have a photo taken with Clarise she is a legend after all!

Clarise Artis

Clarise Artis and me

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Sneak peek at my first letter from the editor….

Letter from the editor

Howdy Come on folks lets Celebrate Living History! Has been my catch phrase for the past seven months and I have learnt so much during that time.

I am thankful for the many community groups that have embraced my ideas and supported me on this journey.

I think one of the most interesting questions I have asked is “What advice would you tell your younger self?”

I think if I were to answer that question as a 60 -year -old still working in a catering outlet I would tell myself to keep going it may be tough now but one day you will get a Plan A.

I really hope you enjoy these yarns and start to believe that anything is possible!

Till later folks!


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Hey who is the media person?…..that would be me the girl running the whole show!

Celebrate Living History of Frankston

Local resident Bev Wilkinson is organising the Celebrate Living History of Frankston exhibition showcasing stories of seniors within the area.

These stories are about first love, dances at the Mechanics Hall to the time when Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck visited Frankston.

Bev Wilkinson says she has been interviewing and photographing seniors in the area for seven months.

“There are so many great stories to be told, this exhibition is for the seniors who would never get the chance to celebrate their stories within the wider community,” she says

“In a way this exhibition will showcase my skills that never had the chance to shine, I really hope I can inspire graduates to pursue their dreams.”

One of the senior stars is Lorraine Holt who was born in Frankston in 1938.

“I remember my father diving off Frankston Pier and collecting mussels to eat and Sheetwater Creek being filled with kangaroos and koalas,” she says

Date: Sunday 14 October from 4.00pm onwards
Location: Bartiste, Ross Smith Lane (Rear of 2/12 Young Street), Frankston


For Further Information contact: Bev Wilkinson 0402926131

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Ooh lala! Gail Dudeck and her love of Frankston!

Gail Dudeck is having a love affair with a city that boosts theater, art and a bustling seaside.

Her sweetheart is Frankston and she has been a resident for over 37 years with stints as councillor, fashion coordinator and theater extraordinaire.

The love affair started as a child when her family used to come from Pakenham to play on the beach.
Later on she would travel the world and decide Frankston would be her new home.

Frankston opened the doors to a career as fashion and promotions coordinator at Myer; she went on to become very successful as the coordinator of both Victoria and Tasmania.

While raising three children and a busy career there was always time to indulge her great love of theater.

“In between time I used to compare fashion parades and make a nuisance of myself at Council demanding we get an Arts center or a theater,”

“The last piece of stage work that I did was for the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion before it became My Fair Lady, that was a long time ago,” she says.

Frankston decided to woo Gail and developed a relationship at Frankston City Council.

“I became a councillor in 1992 and we got the Arts Center, my first love is always theater, no town is a city without a theater and you can’t say Frankston was a city 15 years ago, “she says

“The heart of the city has become the Frankston Arts Centre which was originally the Frankston Cultural Centre it was designed by Daryl Jackson,

“When he is talking to people overseas he will show them this amazing theater that we have,

“Its worth so much to the people of Frankston and must never go out of the hands of the council.”

If Gail could pass on advice to the younger generation it would be to learn some of the basics in life.

“Some of the basics are very important, learning to cook to the times tables some young people have no idea of how to write a sentence or how to spell anything,” she says

“Just enjoy days, I know when I was young I did not want to go to Grandmas but when you get there its such a delight, its all the old fashioned things the lace table cloth, jam and scones just lovely.”

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Ooooh yay! Celebrate Living History is featured on Bendigo Bank blog Big Plan!

So happy this means one less media realease I have to write! Still bizarre to be quoting myself and then writing for all media enquiries contact Bev Wilkinson.

I’m a girl on a mission and I think I may just achieve my goal!

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