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The Girl From Carisbrook Commendation

By News Team Posted Under News

We're honoured and proud to announce that Goldfields Stories: The Girl from Carisbrook received a Commendation at the Victorian Community History Awards for Best Collaborative/Community Work yesterday. A list of winners (some terrific projects!) is here.


Congratulations to the Maryborough Midlands Historical Association, Vision Australia and film-maker Sophie Boord!


Tilly Aston as a Young Woman, Photograph, c.1880-1893 Vision Australia


The Maryborough Midlands Historical Association and Vision Australia worked together with film-maker Sophie Boord to achieve a rich and personal account of Aston’s remarkable life and achievements.


Betty Osborn, Honorary Secretary, of the MMHA, said of the project: “The whole process has been exciting as it was the first ‘vodcast’ the Society had done, so it was particularly challenging… The film maker Sophie Boord was  imaginative and easy to work with and we found the whole process rewarding. We have a collection of Tilly Aston artefacts that we’ve collected over last 40 years and although we’re in the process of getting a large display cabinet for them, it is good to have some of them widely shown through the website so that other people further afield can see them an appreciate them.”


Autographed Copy of Songs of Light, Tilly Aston, 1935, Maryborough-Midlands Historical Society collection.


Michele Prentice, Heritage Archivist at Vision Australia said of the project, ‘It was great to be involved in such a worthy project with so many great people.  Everyone felt strongly about telling Tilly’s story to a wider audience.  Tilly achieved so much at a time in Australia’s history when women, and particularly women with a disability, had no power.  She was a truly remarkable person and we are proud she was one of the founders of our organisation.’


Graeme Turner, Writer and Historian at Vision Australia said: 'It was a joy to be able to present my findings direct to video in what I found was a new and stimulating experience. As a person with vision impairment myself I welcome the opportunity to bring my own perspective and passion regarding the rights of those with blindness. I was personally conscious of the debt  of advocacy in disability rights that we, as people with blindness, owe to this remarkable woman.


I found the developers of the project very responsive for our input and feedback at every point. They were open to comments clearly with the intention of obtain the best possible outcome. Congratulations on a fine collaborative venture.'


Tilly Aston Playing a Reed Organ, Photograph, c.1920-40. Courtesy Vision Australia.


We believe that these partnerships demonstrate not only the value of collections held in community museums, but the knowledge and expertise of museum staff and volunteers, and the skills of Victorian artists in bringing engaging and significant stories to life for us all to share.


There are nine Goldfields Stories in all (seven are available here, two more will be published shortly, so standby!) that cover an astonishing range of achievements and life experiences.


The project was produced by Culture Victoria and the Department of Planning and Community Development Living Museum Support Pilot Program, and big thanks go to John Watson, Community Museums Program Officer, for his coordination.

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