“We are not makers of history, we are made by history.”
Australian Veterans share their stories
This Story Australia was founded to capture and preserve the ‘living history’ of our veterans. A glimpse into the unique personalities behind the men and women who have served our country. From WWII through to current day conflicts, we provide a platform for our Veterans to talk freely and to be heard.
The completed documentary interviews provide a historical collection of significant importance both to current and future generations.
Preserving living history
Ordinary men and women who by choice or compulsory military service have stepped up and sacrificed their own wellbeing and all too often their lives for the betterment of this incredible country we proudly call home.
When we lose our veterans through conflict, age or illness, so too we lose the opportunity to hear their personal stories and we also lose their legacies for future generations.
Their stories are sometimes confronting and heart wrenching but through conversation, we can learn and begin to truly understand some of the challenges and struggles faced by our veterans and their families.
Not limited to stories of conflict, these personal interviews explore themes of loss, love, fear, anger, hope, mateship, family and so much more.
Everyone sees the world through a different lens. Our perspectives are formed by our cumulative life experiences, gender, racial identity and personal beliefs. It is these things that shape how we see and experience the world. While it is impossible to truly understand the experiences of our veterans, these personal documentary interviews demonstrate the emotional, humanised responses that we can all relate to.
These are their stories….
Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
In her full documentary interview, Faye talks about collecting gum leaves at Gaza Ridge to remind her of home along with the horrors of mending to the battered bodies and suffering minds of Prisoners of War in Borneo.
Wearing her army nurse’s uniform and laden with a respirator, steel help and water bottle, Faye was required to climb the side of the Queen Mary on a swaying rope ladder before the ship departed Sydney Harbour and headed to Palestine.
In this short video, Faye reflects fondly on her connection with a young Indigenous boy and a bunch of sweet peas.