My Story Audio Project

My Story, an audio art project telling the stories of Moonee Valley’s Senior Residents.

My Story, an audio art project telling the stories of Moonee Valley’s Senior Residents

Moonee Valley senior community members tell their stories; reflecting on the past year. Sharing their experiences, and what community has meant to them in the My Story audio project.

Listen, reflect, and connect with your Moonee Valley senior neighbours.

The My Story project created connections and opportunities of expression through a community call out process and utilising digital storytelling. Working with the Digital Storyteller: Ian Moorhead; participants stories were professionally recorded in group or individual sessions, and edited before being published online.

Stories shared form part of the local history of this time, and will be held within the Moonee Valley’s Library Heritage Collection.

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Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Elder, Aunty Julieanne Axford. Photography by Yask Desai

The Welcome to Country video was produced in collaboration with Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and the My Story and the Airport West Arts Recovery Initiative projects. Auntie Julieanne Axford worked with digital storyteller Ian Moorhead to record a Welcome to Country focussed on sites of significance to Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Peoples. Photographer and filmmaker Yask Desai developed visuals to accompany the audio. This video is captioned.

The project incorporates images of native plants found in the Green Spine Linear Park as well as photographs of papier mâché sculptures of insects that were once present in the area. These sculptures were created by local artist Jos van den Berg. Together these images offer a more material presence to the native flora and fauna of the area and attempt to recognise stories of Country that relate to the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Peoples.

My Story, by Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Elder, Aunty Gail Smith

The My Story project would like to acknowledge and give thanks to Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Elder Aunty Gail Smith for collaborating with Council to produce a beautiful and personal story in Woi-Wurrung language. This project not only gives a first-hand account of the impact of COVID on our Aboriginal Elders but also captures and expresses this experience in language.

My Story, by community members of Wingate Avenue Community Centre

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Women from the Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking part in the My Story and art workshop

Wingate Avenue Community Centre is a not for profit organisation located In Wingate Avenue on the public housing estate in Ascot Vale.
Wingate provides many services to the local & surrounding communities, Including Food relief, Education, Occasional Childcare, Job seeking support, Community programs, seniors, women’s & men’s programs and much, much more.

My Story, by Bernadette, Moonee Valley local resident

Local resident Bernadette tell us of their experiences over the past year, and what family, faith and connection has meant to them in this time.

My Story, by members of the Women’s Shed, Strathmore

Womens Shed Strathmore Participants. Photography by Yask Desai
Womens Shed Strathmore Participants. Photography by Yask Desai

Friendship, loyalty and camaraderie are highly valued in our Women and Men’s Shed programs, where 'sheddies' are offered a place to belong and contribute.

Whether you are an expert timber craftsman or a complete novice, you will be welcomed into our Men's Sheds with open arms. Australian culture doesn’t encourage men to talk about feelings and emotions, or to take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, men are often reluctant to talk about their emotions and to ask for help. Membership of the Shed’s gives that safe and busy environment where they can learn new skills in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. And, importantly, there is no pressure; come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.

The shed is a place where the members, “walk in Happy and walk out Happier”

My Story, by Sue, Moonee Valley local resident

Local resident Sue tell us of their experiences, connections and hopes for the community.

My Story, by members of the Men’s Shed, Aberfeldie

Photography My Story Group at the Men s Shed. Photography by Yask Desai
Group at the Men's Shed. Photography by Yask Desai

Friendship, loyalty and camaraderie are highly valued in our Women and Men’s Shed programs, where 'sheddies' are offered a place to belong and contribute.

Whether you are an expert timber craftsman or a complete novice, you will be welcomed into our Men's Sheds with open arms. Australian culture doesn’t encourage men to talk about feelings and emotions, or to take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, men are often reluctant to talk about their emotions and to ask for help. Membership of the Shed’s gives that safe and busy environment where they can learn new skills in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. And, importantly, there is no pressure; come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.

The shed is a place where the members, “walk in Happy and walk out Happier”

My Story, by Jayne, Moonee Valley local resident

Local resident Jayne tell us of their experiences, impacts the restrictions had on their family, the connections and hopes for the community they hold for the future.

Thanks & Acknowledgments 

The My Story project would like to especially acknowledge and give thanks to Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Elders Aunty Julieanne Axford and Aunty Gail Smith for collaborating with Council to produce a beautiful Welcome to Country and personal story in Woi-Wurrung language. This project not only gives a first-hand account of the impact of COVID on our Aboriginal Elders but also captures and expresses this experience in language. Council would also like to extend this thanks to Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

With the greatest thanks to all project participants and collaborators; The Clocktower Centre, The Women’s Shed Strathmore, The Men’s Shed Aberfeldie, Wingate Aged Care Community Centre, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Land Council; and the individual participants who shared their stories with us all.

Lydia Babb, Rose Guinta, Lily Wong, Elizabeth Devlin, Sue Leigh, Bernadette Camilleri, Michael Mullins, John Bunting, Tass Hatzikides, Jim Needham, Ivan Radywonk, Hong Lin, Hanif Karakaya, Sema Kasikci, Nimet Kasikci, Marie Duval, Jayne Moore, Aunty Julieanne Axford and Aunty Gail Smith.

Copyright statement

Copyright restrictions apply. Images and recordings may not be used for purposes other than research and study.

 

This project is partially funded through the State Government’s Working for Victoria initiative.

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