By Lucinda Horrocks, 10 September 2015.
Our very first student posts to the Gold Museum ‘Memories of War’ blog were launched in August. (Are you interested in contributing? Please do! Visit http://mow.windsky.com.au/writers/ for more information.)
Principal film production was completed and post production is well underway.
We will be introducing the film for the first time to Ballarat audiences at a special event on the afternoon of Sunday November 8 at MADE Ballarat. Please save the date.
Here is the report for August 2015.
The latest student post on the ‘Memories of War’ blog is a personal reflection of the impacts of World War 1, written by James O’Callaghan, professional writing and editing student at Federation University Australia.
To read, visit:
(4 September 2015)
This story about Ballan born soldier Percy Lay was written by Richard Eldridge, Federation University Australia history graduate and Gold Museum Ballarat volunteer.
To read the article, visit: http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/percy-lay-farmer-to-soldier-anzac-to-legend/
This month suddenly after so many months of planning, our project came alive.
Arts Academy graduate students leapt into the task of recording readings to camera, making our hundred year old letters extraordinarily present. Poets of the creative writing group started to create lyrical pieces in response to war artefacts on display. And film production began.
Here is the report for July 2015.
In April and May the hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli landings were commemorated in Ballarat in extraordinary ways. Our project became more solid as WW1 exhibitions and events took place and we could see the how the Ballarat community engaged with ANZAC, its legend, and the complexities of World War One. The commemorations led us to think about our project more concretely. It also provided opportunities for students to engage in active research in preparation for their own output.
Our core project team observed, made new connections, moved forward in blog development and film development, and watched in amazement the energy of the WW1 events around town.
Here is the report for April-May 2015.
Suddenly ANZAC is everywhere.
People are flocking to Gallipoli to mark the hundredth anniversary so much so that officials need ways to manage the crowds. Visitors travel the Western Front, sending back images of gravestones from Ypres, Fromelles, Pozieres and Villers-Bretonneux, juxtaposing the picturesque green countryside of today with black and white images of trenches and muck and carnage so we realise what we are looking at.
25 February 2015.
Call for Content
Students at Federation University Australia are invited to contribute writing, research, performances or creative content for a specially developed blog hosted by the Gold Museum on Ballarat’s World War 1 experience.
By Lucinda Horrocks 25 February 2015.
Some projects begin with a bang and then you hear nothing for ages. But if you look closer you find people furiously preparing. That was us, the project team, in January. Furiously preparing.
What was happening in the Great War one hundred years ago in February? Much preparation there, also. According to the Australian War Memorial (@AWMemorial)’s #dailydigger, a young Stephen Philip Boulton, who was born in Clunes, was steaming to France as part of the Australian Imperial Force. Life on board the HMAT Runic, he wrote to his grandmother, was cramped, and he did not enjoy his first night in a hammock, “but will sleep better once I get used to it”. Stephen experienced much of the war, but never made it home. He died in France in 1918.
Here is the project update for February.