• Person on bicycle with the words Australian Rules Football, Cycling, Wine & Spirits, Scallywag Spirit, Youngest Child, Fathers & Sons, Winning Moments, Junior Sports

    John Tyler

    John Tyler was born in 1945. As the baby of seven siblings, he well remembers the rare day his dad came to watch him play footy and witnessed him kicking the winning goal, aged 14.

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  • Man living in tent during the Great Depression with the words 1929 The Great Depression Sydney Melbourne Tasmania Perth The Beatles

    Juel Hilton

    As a young child, Juel lived in a tent in country New South Wales during the Great Depression after her parents lost everything they owned.

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  • Fountain pen writing on paper. With the words Arranged Marriage, 1950s Melbourne Pen Pals Wed, Lottery Win, U.S Travel,  Curiosity, Creativity, Life Advice, Turkish Cuisine, Hard Work, Home Ownership,

    Emine Mehmet

    Emine migrated to Australia in 1958 and remembers how strange it was to come from a big city like Ankara to what seemed like a village in Australia. But she flourished.

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  • Cows in a field with the words Papua New Guinea Look forward Dairy farm Marriage of 73 years Foster family Veteran determination

    Les Trigg

    Les fought in the jungles of Papua New Guinea in World War 2 and returned to run a dairy farm with his wife Pam.

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  • Piano being played with the words Pianist dance hall family Burwood Philosophy student University  18 Numurkah

    Margaret Burke

    Margaret grew up in Numurkah and moved to Melbourne to further her music studies as a talented pianist.

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  • Oscilloscope on the working bench with the words Survivor, Paralysis, Perspective, Guardian Angels, Charity, Tertiary Study, Electronics Career, Strength & Determination, Optimism, Positivity

    Colin Davies

    Despite a diving accident that left him paralysed at age 15, Colin Davies reckons he’s had angels looking out for him his whole life.

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  • Princess Elizabeth on Royal Tour in 1954 with the words Favourite memory Nurse 1954 Royal Tour of Australasia Air Force Nursing Service Second world war. adventure terrific experience

    Gay Halstead

    Growing up in East Gippsland on the family farm, Gay trained in Melbourne and then served in the Air Force Nursing Service during the Korean War.

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  • Chocolate with the words Scotland, Growing up Poor, Lucky Friday 13th, Biscuit Factory, Chocolates, Crochet, Royal Freemasons Care Homes, All-girl Family, I've Done Everything

    Anne Fairbairn

    When Alexandrina Fairbairn first arrived in Australia in the 1960s, her Scottish accent was so strong her employer thought her name was Annie and, 60 years later, she still goes by Anne.

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  • Helicopter with the words World War II, Helicopter Crashes, Bombing Raids, Food Shortages, Migration Adventure, Italian Cuisine, Snowy Mountain Hydro, Uranium Mining, Recovering from Major Surgery

    Ralf Heusserer

    Born in Austria in 1936, Ralf recalls being woken in the middle of the night by his mother to seek shelter in a bunker during bombing raids.

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  • Soldiers in a jeep in Borneo with the words World War II, Military Careers,  Father in the French Resistance, Australian Army, Mother in Auxillary Territorial Services, Finding Love, Learning Languages, Raising a family

    Richard Wilson

    Richard joined the army straight from school, making a career in the military after both of his parents had also served.

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  • The Austin Hospital 1951 with the words Volunteering, Larger Than Life, Community life, Austin Hospital, Girl Guides, Justice of the Peace, Bringing People Together

    Barbara Temby

    Barbara is a great example of her generation’s commitment to volunteer community work – she was a dynamic contributor over many decades.

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  • Hand tools with the words: Carpentry, 1930, Citizen of the Year, Music,  Diamond Marriage, Working After Retirement, Joy of Children

    Ivan Streader

    Ivan started work as a carpenter at age 15 and loved it so much he was still sanding floors at 90.

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  • People on board a ship with the words Ten Pound Poms, Postal Service, Ash Wednesday, Macedon, Natural Disasters, Church Organist, Red Cross Fundraising, Yorkshire, A Better Life

    Amy Hall

    Amy and her family experienced the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires in Macedon and became very involved in the annual Red Cross fundraising appeal as a result of that.

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  • Tools with the text Argentina, Cyclone Tracy, Snowy Hydro Scheme, Australia Road Trip, Rebuilding Darwin, Volunteering, Hands on Learning Program, Royal Children's Hospital

    Hector Di Sciascio

    Migrating from Argentina in 1974, Hector experienced the rebuild of Darwin after Cyclone Tracey. He says “Australia gave me the opportunity … they accepted me, and I love it here”

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  • Children in Papua New Guinea. Text St Kilda, classical music, Papua New Guinea, Palais Theatre, Volunteering, writing books, Epilepsy, Music, writing

    Suzanne Yanko

    Born in St Kilda in 1948 Suzanne's parents opened one of the first restaurants there. Her father, a Yugoslavian migrant, has been a huge influence on her life — inspiring her to become an English as a Second Language teacher and a lover of classical music

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