Thursday, March 26, 2009

Making Modern Australia

Calling for Social History Stories to The Making Of Modern Australia

A new online history project - and soon to be ABC TV series - invites people from all over Australia to tell their personal and family history stories online.

As both a broadband project and TV series, The Making of Modern Australia will be an unofficial people's history, with individuals and families sharing their stories of life in Australia since 1945.

By logging onto people can upload their stories through a combination of photos, home movies, live webcams, sound recordings and text.

The site is particularly looking for stories that are engaging, unusual, amusing, uplifting or perhaps heartbreaking.

The stories can be about anything at all, but the TV series will be made up of four episodes, each one looking at a different theme:
* faith and religion
* romance and relationships
* parenting and childhood
* the Australian home/a sense of place

Where access to the internet or technical skills are limited, people may want to engage the help of younger family members to include their stories and pictures on the website. Alternatively they can send via the postal system a written copy of their story along with some notes on any photos or other visual material they may have to support the story.

Dust off the old family albums, or finally grab a digital camera and interview a friend or relative about what life was like for them growing up, getting married and making a home in Australia.

Those interested in having their family stories featured in the TV series are urged to get started and upload their material before mid-April. All stories will be showcased on the website as a lasting record for others to enjoy and comment on.

Lovers of History, please spread the word so we can gather as many wonderful stories as possible across seven decades from a broad cross-section of people.

If you'd like more information on the project, visit the website or contact Elissa McKeand
E: T: (02) 8568 3100.
PO Box 283 Annandale NSW 2038

A local project also asking for contributions is Wikinorthia: documenting life in Melbourne's north at

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