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Community Stories about Places

Watch a selection of short films about Victoria curated for the MAP: Memory and Place and ACMI In the Regions projects. 

These projects are a way to explore the collective memory of Victoria through the moving image. They seek to create a topography of memory for Victoria by absorbing the stories of its towns, suburbs and neighbourhoods and sharing them with its people.

Northern Victoria

Surrounded by the Goulburn Valley and the Murray River, this area is known for its natural beauty, expansive wetland region, wineries, and the largest Redgum forest in the world. You can also discover little homesteads and lots of farmland with access to the picturesque Snowy Mountains and the Mt Kosciuszko National Park.

Nanneella primary school

Nanneella Primary School

An integral part of town gatherings.
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Gunbower family

Gunbower - Family Albums

Exploring the family connections in Gunbower.
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Colbo nights

Colbo Nights

Meet the local characters of Colbinabbin.
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The Reserve

The Reserve

This film shows how a reserve was turned into a community hub.
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Who gives a stuff about the farmer

Who gives a stuff about the farmer?

A song by JR Williams with images of farmers at work.
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My colbo

My Colbo

Tour Colbinabbin and surrounds from a local point of view.
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Thanks for the memories

Thanks for the memories

A community event was organised that featured music, poetry and food.
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The Mcgillivray family

The McGillivray Family

The portrait of a family that has always worked the land.
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Whistling eagle

The Whistling Eagle

The story of The Whistling Eagle winery.
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Eastern Victoria

Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, the beaches and walking tracks of Eastern Victoria are majestic. From the ocean to the the inland waterways of the Gippsland Lakes you can enjoy surfing, boating or bushwalking. The eastern region also offers a diverse and innovative food industry.

Paddle Steamer Curlip

Paddle Steamer Curlip

Join the passionate volunteers on PS Curlip II.
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My Omeo: A Short History

My Omeo: A Short History

Discover Omeo with historian Jeff Cooper.
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Lakes Entrance Fishing

Lakes Entrance Fishing

Meet the people behind the Lakes Entrance fishing industry.
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The Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre

The Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre

A vital service for Swifts Creek locals.
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Welcome to Maffra

Welcome to Maffra

Take a journey of discovery through Maffra.
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The Milky Way

The Milky Way

Farmers who are leading the way in innovation and new technologies.
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Respect and Belonging

Respect and Belonging

Aunty Phyllis Andy talks about her life as an Elder in the community.
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Orbost Locals

Orbost Locals

Take a tour of Orbost with a diverse group of local people.
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Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club

Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club

A club loved by locals and vital for tourists.
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Deirdre Jack: Swifts Creek Artist

Deirdre Jack: Swifts Creek Artist

Meet Deirdre, an artist at the Great Alpine Gallery.
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Welcome to Cape Conran

Welcome to Cape Conran

Meet the carers of Conran's pristine coastal wilderness.
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Young Voices of Maffra

Young Voices of Maffra

Eight secondary school students talk about life in their town.
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Melbourne Greater Metro

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and the home of ACMI, is also home to some four million people. It is a city famous for its many multicultural communities and vibrant arts, shopping and sporting events.

North

A lyrical work about Melbourne's inner-city northern suburbs.
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Trades Hall, Carlton: the Early Years

One of Melbourne's historical icons.
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Moomba Belonged to My Grandfather

Moomba belonged to Tom Wittingslow.
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Red Line

Take a tour of the narrator's neighbourhood of Carlton.
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70 years at brunswick baths

70 Years at Brunswick Baths

Harry Ivory: fitness fanatic, boxer and local legend.
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Lygon Street

Personal reminiscences about Lygon Street in Carlton.
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Melbourne: Festival City

A short film captures Melbourne in festival mode.
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Tullamarine Project

Features fascinating aerial shots of Melbourne in 1968.
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the last piece in the puzzle

The Last Piece in the Puzzle

Completing the Westgate Bridge in 1970.
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the pier

The Pier

Moody early morning images of St Kilda Pier.
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Richmond 150 Years On

Local residents have their say about their beloved suburb.
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a postcard from lilydale

A Postcard from Lilydale

Excerpt from Lilydale: A Change in Pace, 1981.
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Relocated - the Venny Kids

Kids from the Kensington Public Housing Estate.
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Victorian Tourist Bureau

Four one-minute commercials promoting Victoria.
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Memories

Memories of the early years of Moomba, particularly of the pageant.
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Fay's Story

The first Sun Queen of Moomba tells her story.
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Central Victoria

With a history born out of the Goldfields, this region of Victoria from Castlemaine to Maryborough and Ballarat to Newstead has some of Australia's best regional art galleries, home-grown musicians, crafts practitioners, as well as fresh food and wine specialty shops across the region.

Gervasoni Family Estate

The Gervasoni Family Estate: Life in the Yandoit Houses

A family history.
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Shani

Shani

The story of a hip hop dancer who started up a not-for-profit group.
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Newstead Garden

Newstead Community Gardens

The story behind the community garden.
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King of Maldon

King of Maldon

Glenn Roy, also known as the King of Maldon, is a local treasure.
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Castlemaine artists

Castlemaine Artists

Uncovering the artists and art scene in Castlemaine.
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Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal

The life and times of a Castlemaine icon.
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Newstead Swimming Pool

Newstead Swimming Pool

The pool is an important social hub of the town.
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Moving to Maldon

Moving to Maldon

Eric and Debra Watson's move from Melbourne to Maldon.
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Castlemaine lunch

Castlemaine Lunch

The weekly lunch brings together locals - old and new.
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South Eastern Victoria

The south east region of Gippsland has over 20 National Parks, including the alpine Snowy River area, and takes in the LaTrobe Valley which produces much of Victoria's electricity.

Swell Mamas

Swell Mamas

Dozens of mums across Inverloch get together every week to surf.
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The Ripple and The Shed

The Ripple and The Shed

Explore the maritime precinct in Inverloch.
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The Corinella Jetty

The Corinella Jetty

The community works together to save its iconic jetty.
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Community Banking

Community Banking Bass Coast

The community relies on locals for its banking.
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Life in the Waves

Life in the Waves

A story about a mateship and living the surfing lifestyle dream.
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This is Mt Best

This is Mt Best

A place of mystery, beauty and laughter.
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Young Voices of Mirboo North

Young Voices of Mirboo North

Find out what this generation really thinks.
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A Day in the Life of a Dairy Farm

A Day in the Life of a Dairy Farm

The work never ends on this Meeniyan dairy farm.
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Meeniyan Junior CFA

Meeniyan Junior CFA

These kids are learning the basics of firefighting.
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Connecting Towns

Connecting Towns: A South Gippsland Cluster

Four South Gippsland towns combine forces.
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Life Is What You Make It

Life Is What You Make It

Two war veterans share a vibrant enthusiasm for life.
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Mishaps and Misadventures

Maureen tells the story of Moe in the 1970s.
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Graham Baxter: Park Ranger

I'm lucky to work in a place as beautiful as this.
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a postcard from wilson's prom

A Postcard from Wilson's Prom

Excerpt from At the Land's End, 1961.
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Floods Through Fire

Lynda recalls the hardship of the bushfires, and then the floods.
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Going Going Still Here

Garry Hammer and his family battle the Gippsland bushfires.
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Settlement Soccer Club

Settlement Soccer Club

The Settlement Soccer Club is all about connecting with the community.
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Community Centre

The Bass Valley Community Centre

Meet the locals who run the Community Centre.
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Following their Footsteps

Following their Footsteps

Kernot and Grantville rely heavily on volunteer emergency services.
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DAK

DAK

Cape Woolamai's very own mo-hawked road warrior.
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Alternative Lifestyles

Alternative Lifestyles

Experience alternative living in Mt Best.
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Vocal Nosh

Vocal Nosh

Uniting a community through food and song.
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Music is Sweet

Music is Sweet

Students learn the joy of music at this inspirational primary school.
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Loch Ladies

Loch Ladies

Meet the hardworking women of this small town.
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Artists of Mt Best

Artists of Mt Best

Mt Best is home to a strong artistic community.
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Lend Us a Hand

Lend Us a Hand

Volunteers play an important role in Mirboo North.
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Road Trip: After the Gippsland Bushfires

A journey through the aftermath of fire.
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Prism of Purpose

The paradox of a lighthouse as both salvation and menace.
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Mallacoota Fishing Trip

A nostalgic 1950s film of men taking a fishing trip.
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The Burning Question

A first hand account of the devastating Gippsland bushfires.
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Home

Zephlyn Neilsen reflects on growing up in rural Victoria.
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North Western Victoria

Framed to the north by the Murray river, this agricultural region produces wheat, vegetables and wine.  It is populated by towns established in the Goldrush and features stunning national parks.

Rose Hill: Life on a String

Rose Hill: Life on a String

Rose offers us a peek into the world of puppetry.
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Sunraysia Ukulele Network

Sunraysia Ukulele Network

Locals play and share their love of ukuleles.
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Grapes & Wine: A Family Tradition

Grapes & Wine: A Family Tradition

Lance Milne shares his passion for wine making.
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Marion on Colignan

Marion on Colignan

Marion talks about her farm and love of the local community.
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Dave Jones

Dave Jones and his Giant Puppet

Dave Jones is a local animator in Natimuk.
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Natimuk Climbers

The Natimuk Rock Climbers

Natimuk is an international destination for climbers.
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Gil and Liz Hopkins

Gil and Liz Hopkins

Gil and Liz have lived in Laharum for over 30 years.
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Horsham Greyhounds

Horsham Greyhounds

Meet the people that work at the greyhound races.
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Horsham's Op Shop Ladies

Horsham's Op Shop Ladies

Meet the women who run Horsham's Op Shops.
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locky by night

Locky by Night

Join the entertainment at the Lockington Hotel.
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lockington lving heritage complex

Lockington Living Heritage Complex

Celebrating the rich history of Lockington.
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it's our business

It's Our Business

The spirit of enterprise is alive and well in Locky.
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The Land is Your Mother

Clive 'Bidja' Atkinson speaks of his love for the land.
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Birchip Historical Society

Preserving the local history of Birchip.
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Growing Up in Bendigo

Young people on the streets talk about their town.
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Tom Olsson's Cohuna

A unique glimpse into rural life in 1950s Victoria.
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Tarrango

Kay documents the sometime harsh conditions of living on a vineyard.
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Ouyen's Roxy Theatre

Ouyen's Roxy Theatre

Locals save and rejuvenate an abandoned regional theatre.
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Ross Missen

Ouyen Taxi Driver

Meet Ross Missen, Ouyen's only taxi driver.
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Sustainability Ouyen

Sustainable Ouyen

The Ouyen community is tackling climate change head on.
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Hooked on Giving

Hooked on Giving

Meet the Colignan Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
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Young Philly

Young Philly

Follow the journey of a talented hip hop artist from Mildura.
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Arapiles

At the foot of Arapiles

Meet the business owners and locals who call Natimuk home.
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Gasifier

The Gasifier

Bill is tackling climate change in his own back yard.
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An Olive Grove in Laharum

An Olive Grove in Laharum

Two companies work from the same olive plantation.
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Clarrie

Clarrie's Ranch

Meet Clarence 'Clarrie' Mackley.
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Remembering Culgoa Primary School

Remembering Culgoa Primary School

A small town celebrates its primary school.
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ladies of lockington

Ladies of Lockington

Meet the ladies at the heart of the town.
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living in locky: the youth perspective

Living in Locky: the Youth Perspective

What life in a rural town is really like.
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my town

My Town

Birchip residents talk about their town.
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the mallee tree

The Mallee Tree

An ode to the tenacity of the mallee tree.
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The Birchip Boy Who Became a Legend

Singer Dusty Rankin talks about touring and home.
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anne, joan and bendigo

Anne, Joan and Bendigo

Early memories of Bendigo.
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a postcard from wyperfeld national park

A Postcard from Wyperfeld National Park

Excerpt from Wyperfeld, 1965
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North Eastern Victoria

Victoria's north east region contains alpine areas and snowfields and is also known for its wine production and gourmet tourism.

Bilyana Folk, Rhythm and Life Festival

Folk, Rhythm & Life

A Bilyana festival raising money for local charities.
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Artists of Eldorado

Artists of Eldorado

Meet the creative locals behind Eldorado's arts scene.
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The Whitlands Plateau

The Whitlands Plateau

Meet the community of the beautiful Whitlands.
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Cook's Family Farm

Cook's Family Farm

Meet the Cook family and their herd dairy of cows.
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The Greta Swamp

The Greta Swamp

Local Land Care members are dedicated to restoring the swamp.
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Embracing Difference

Embracing Difference - Supporting Autism in Mansfield

A supportive community.
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Jamieson Primary School

Jamieson Primary School

Jamieson is proud of its historical Primary School.
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Building in Tolmie

Building in Tolmie

The Valcichs tell us a little bit about what Tolmie means to them.
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A Tale of Two Cinemas

A Tale of Two Cinemas

The story of the old Mansfield Cinema and its modern counterpart.
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From Latvia to Beechworth

From Latvia to Beechworth: Personal Journeys

A story about immigration.
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only in rutherglen

Only in Rutherglen

Only in Rutherglen would you find such a myriad of businesses.
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loving our bottle

Loving Our Bottle

The Bottle is a landmark that connects everyone in Rutherglen.
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yackandandah music

Yackandandah Music

Future Australian music stars are alive and well in Yackandandah.
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YCDco

A heartwarming story of community support
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Coming of Age in Oxley

Don and his wife fell in love with the town of Oxley.
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The Eldorado Museum

The Eldorado Museum

Eldorado's rich history from the gold rush to the 1950s.
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The Pizzini Family

The Pizzini Family

Meet the Pizzinis, a family of wine makers and master chefs.
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Greta Bunyip Newsletter

The Greta Bunyip Newsletter

The newsletter keeping residents in the know.
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Greta Craft Group

Greta Craft Group

Women come from great distances to this weekly craft group.
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The Island

The Island

The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Jamieson.
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Coming Together

Coming Together

The residents of Tolmie share what makes their town tick.
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Tolmie Sports

Tolmie Sports

This annual event in Tolmie is a celebration of community.
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Three Stories about Agriculture in Mansfield

Three Stories about Agriculture in Mansfield

All about working in the Mansfield region.
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Below Beechworth

Dan Goonan gives a history lesson on the gold rush of Beechworth.
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Niklaus family of Beechworth

The Niklaus Family of Beechworth

Living the sweet life in Beechworth.
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Brendan Smith: making a difference in Rutherglen

Brendan Smith: Making a Difference in Rutherglen

Brendan Smith makes the arts accessible to everyone.
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Crafts in yackandandah

Crafts in Yackandandah

Various crafts practitioners are alive and well in Yackandandah.
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A Magic Place

Historical pictures of Lake Mokoan.
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A Postcard from Ovens

Excerpt from Working Holiday, 1957.
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Western Central Highlands

Victoria's west encompasses the wheat growing region of the Wimmera and the Grampions National Park, while the central highlands are the location for the former goldfields of Ballarat and Daylesford spa areas.

Ararat

Footage of Ararat Township from around 1930.
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a postcard from ballarat

A Postcard from Ballarat

Excerpt from Moving Record (1985).
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The Poseidon Rush - Jack Flett

The discovery of the Poseidon gold.
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Disappeared Racecourses of NW VIC

Recalling the tracks of the 1930s and 40s.
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Dispensing a Cure

Forty years practising pharmacy in the Warracknabeal district.
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South Western Victoria

Stretching along the coast from Port Phillip Bay to the South Australian border, Victoria's south west region is characterised by seaside towns and agriculture.

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Ted: The Kite Man

Local Port Fairy character encourages the delights of the kite.
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sea changers

Sea Changers

Three stories of refuge near the sea.
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Looking Back

Local historians discuss the settlement of Caramut.
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Stories from Yambuck Youth

Stories from Yambuk Youth

The charms and perils of growing up in Yambuk.
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Deen Maar

Deen Maar

Preserving the spiritually rich area of Deen Maar.
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A Postcard from Hutt Gully, Great Ocean Road

Excerpt from Emergency Bridge Hutt Gully, 1954.
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The Goddess and the Poet

Meet Christos Raskatos, an old fashioned romantic.
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Narrapumelap

A woman looks at footage shot of herself as a young girl.
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staying connected

Staying Connected

Steven Giles, a Caramut expat, on maintaining your roots.
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Port Fairy Connections

Port Fairy Connections

Looks at the local collectives of Port Fairy.
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Tales from Caramut Footy

The football season brings the community together.
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Yambuk slide

The Yambuk Slide

The legend and controversies of a unique local icon.
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Cape Otway Telegraph Station

Revisiting the adventures of childhood.
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Geelong

The night sky over factories triggers memories of teenage years.
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Old Man: Returning to Lake Condah Mission

Remembering a childhood on the mission.
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