“The personal stories of our veterans can inspire us all to greatness.”

– Jeff Hughes (co-founder of This Story Australia)
Richard Martin and Ben Chuck

Dedicated to preserving Australia's history

History is best understood through recollection of lived experience.

Facts give the timeline. The what, the where and the when.

Stories give us depth and richness. They give us the chance to learn, reflect, connect and be moved.

Drawing on the Past

Ordinary men and women stepped up to defend our country. They sacrificed their own wellbeing and all too often their lives to defend our way of life. In doing so they became extraordinary.

We read their names on plaques. We see their photos. But who are these incredible men and women?

To truly acknowledge their sacrifice and the lasting impact on their families, we need to know the ‘real’ stories behind these men and women. The authentic, personal accounts of history told by those who experienced it first-hand. One that captures each veteran’s unique personality, not just their actions.

We celebrate their voice, smile, humour, tears, anger and laughter.

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For it is often through adversity that the greatest opportunities lay. We can learn from the mistakes and the triumphs. From from the heroism and the resilience. Mostly, we can learn from their humility.

 

These personal interviews are produced as high quality interview documentaries, treasured by families and acknowledgement of their sacrifices. 

These valuable resource are freely available to all Australians, every day of the year.

The stories are captivating and educational.

They explore the human experience of conflict.

These are their stories….

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Testimonials

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Spotlight on a Veteran

Ronald Haysom

Australian Army

Ron joined the Army and became a Signalman during WWII working on the telegraph lines from Alice Springs to Darwin. Ron spent time in New Guinea, Borneo and cared for the Australian POWs that came home on the first ship from Changi.

Ron shared some amazing stories of his service including witnessing the explosion of the MV Neptuna during a Japanese air raid at Darwin’s main wharf in 1942. Ron recalls there were around 20 men having smoko under the dock when the Neptuna exploded. It was an image he would never forget.

Ron had a great life after his service, particularly playing bowls. As a proud member at Algester Bowls Club, Ron represented Australia during several tours to the United States. After a fishing accident which damaged his back later in life, Ron eventually slowed down and enjoyed spending time with his wife Gwen and children Rob and Julie.

Sadly, Ron passed away on the 24th June 2020.
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