Recent projects

Recent projects include family and corporate history projects, radio documentaries, and community storytelling programs. Examples are below:

Margaret Steadman

We interviewed prominent Hobart community member Margaret Steadman. The interviews capture her parents’ and grandparents’ family histories, and Margaret’s life story, from her childhood in England, immigration to Australia and early years in Western Australia, work and study, moving to Tasmania, community activism and more.

Tony and Carol Prichard. Family history

We worked with Tony and Carol Prichard, Tasmania to create a booklet presenting their family history. It contains 14 hours of life stories on CD and usb, indexed for easy access, photos and a family tree. This was packaged in a glossy booklet for current and future generations.

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Australian Generations Oral History Project

Ben worked as an interviewer on this national research and archive project which collects hundreds of interviews for the National Library of Australia. A radio series has been produced for ABC Radio National.

http://arts.monash.edu.au/australian-generations/

 

Colony 47

The Oral History Company captured the stories of staff members and ex-clients of this wonderful community organisation. The stories are used in Colony 47’s promotional and archival resources.

 

The Church is Open. Where are the People?

Figurines, Buenos Aires

Figurines, Buenos Aires

ABC Radio National Encounter program commissioned Ben to do this history documentary, which explores the history of the Catholic Church in Argentina. Broadcast 2013

 

More Foul the Tunnel’s Breath

A rescued miner emerges.

A rescued miner emerges.

Ben produced this radio documentary for ABC Radio National’s Hindsight program. The piece tells the story of the Tasmanian Mt Lyell mine disaster, 1912.  Forty two miners died after a fire broke out the mine’s pump house. Broadcast 2012.

 

History project for New Town Primary School.

Lenna Grainger went to New Town Primary School, Hobart during the time of the Second World War. In these three oral history pieces she tells of air raid shelters at the school, food rationing, school and home life.

Gloria and Lenna (reproduced with permission)

Gloria and Lenna (reproduced with permission)

A. Lenna. The War Years (Photo story)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiuWyHYc2DI

B. Lenna. School (Audio)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMh98wOzAHE&feature=related

C. Lenna. Food shopping, family dinners (Audio)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjtILwR3f54&feature=related

 

Youth Justice series

Young people talk about their experiences with the NSW Juvenile Justice system.  Ben put this series together for ABC Radio National and JJJFM. We trained the young people in story telling for radio and audio production.

I believe there is a serious problem between young people and police
I’m perceived as the good boy with morals among my friends
I seen a lot of bad stuff happen
I was a very stressed and angry young woman

 

Woman Sucked Into Pokie

Stories from people with gambling problems. These pieces came from a community writing project Ben directed. Radio, written text, video and visual art content was created, telling the stories of people surviving poker machine addictions.

When I first started gambling
Your account balance is zero zero zero

 

Community  Broadcasting Association of Australia mental health project. 

Ben collected stories from people with mental illness for this national project.

Chrissy. All my thoughts were spiralling downwards
Chrissy. Mum and Gran

There’s more info about the project here

 

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