Molly Richards

In 1955, Molly travelled solo by ship to the UK when she was 23. She lived there for 20 years working as a school nurse and having a wonderful time...

Leonie Featonby

Leonie and her husband Ray ran the Poachers Paradise Hotel in Rutherglen and later the town’s taxi service, often driving veterans to Melbourne for medical appointments...

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...

John Jansman

John grew up as one of eight children on a dairy farm in Holland, finishing school at 13 during the 2nd World War...

Richard Wilson

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

Ozdemir Ilgin

Ozdemir migrated to Australia in 1969 and immediately started work at the Ford factory next to the migrant hostel...

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...

Leonie Pollock

Leonie is 99 and during World War 2 was a member of the Australian Women’s Land Army, working on farms across Victoria...

Douglas Willingham

If 89-year-old Douglas Willingham had his time again, he’d would be more appreciative of his mother who was widowed when he was just eight, and the youngest of 13 children...

Eileen Banyard

Married at 18 to a dashing service man, Eileen later found her dream career as a Special Needs teacher in English schools. She migrated to Australia in her 60’s to be near her grandchildren...

Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes was born and raised on a cattle and sheep farm that had been in his family since the 1850s. Whilst farming has been the focus of his life, it also provided him with opportunities to travel...

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...

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...

Les Gibson

    Born in Warracknabeal during the Depression, Leslie Gibson was one of 15 brothers and sisters. His dad Stan, worked at a blacksmiths until the family was forced to move to Melbourne for...

Heinz Schultz

Heinz Schultz was born in Germany in 1944, but it was in Footscray that his life really began, providing the scene of two lifelong love affairs...

Don Shields

Don has had a life-long love of boating, fishing and yachts. The eighty-two year old has competed in a number of the iconic Sydney to Hobart competitions over the years, and never forgets the 1984...

Andrew Bondin

Andrew was born in Malta in 1934 and migrated to Australia with his wife and two children in the 1960s...

John Wilson

Born in 1931, John worked overseas including in Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, China and Vietnam, and is now close to finishing his degree in medieval history...

Nancy Skoogh

Nancy was born in Coburg in 1927. She left school at 14 to become a milliner and later became a Connie on Melbourne’s trams...

Jill Rath

Born in 1934, Jill became a district nurse, which she loved. Her husband Bob already had 3 children when they married. Jill says raising the children was a wonderful experience too...

Max Baker

Max, 94, trained as an electrical engineer in Birmingham before marrying his hometown sweetheart Betty before moving to Australia...

Grace Willoughby

Born on a Vineyard, 97-year-old Grace went to work picking grapes before joining the Australian Women's Land Army during World War II...

Bruce Kilsby

Bruce developed a knack for all things mechanical from a young age, and ran his own garage for years, before maintaining, installing and overseeing large machinery in Australia and overseas...