Stories

Listen to excerpts from a selection of great conversations recorded with The Story Project. The full 40-minute versions have been gifted to various local and State archives. Contact us if you'd like to hear a full 40-minute recording.

“Every day I’d make an excuse to go across to the bank… just to say hello to her.”

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Recorded in Uralla, NSW

“Sometimes we’d put a few dogs in bed with us to keep us warm.”

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Aboriginal elder, Bob Faulkner, fondly recounts what it was like doing it tough in the 40s-50s.

Recorded in Uralla, NSW

“You’d see him sitting over in the paddock for two or three hours, studying them.”

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Madge Cook and her grandson, John Dawson, tell stories of Madge’s husband, Jack, and his love of bees.

Recorded in Bundarra, NSW

Taking stories to the street

The Uralla Sound walk app is coming!

The Uralla Sound walk app is coming!

We’re bringing community stories alive in the rural NSW town of Uralla with a new sound walk app. Learn more or help us raise project funds here.

“Spotlessly clean, all the chairs on the table and $300 in the till.”

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Steve Gapes, former manager of The Lone Rock Cafe, remembers the night the customers helped themselves.

Recorded in Uralla, NSW

“It’s like a big nest.”

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Eleven year old Opia Hamilton-Delmas talks to her mother, Anne Delmas, about why she loves living in the hinterland town of Maleny.

Recorded in Maleny, Queensland

“I used to watch the brumbies swim over from Bribie and eat the grass.”

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Friends John Ensor and Des Dwyer remember their childhood  in Caloundra.

Recorded in Caloundra, Queensland

“I’ll tell you how to catch whales.”

Malakai talks with Georgia and Kahlia

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Malakai Koloi talks to his two granddaughters about what it was like to grow up in Tonga in the 1930s.

Recorded in Bundaberg, Queensland

“Your friends have emptied out your house.’”

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Tony Moore and his family were holidaying in New Zealand in January 2011, unaware that floods had hit Brisbane and flooded their West End home. He also had no idea that friend Cesca Lejeune and her family had saved all Tony’s possessions before the floods hit. Tony and Cesca talk about that time.

Recorded in West End, Brisbane

“Brisbane must be a terrible place because everyone got off in Melbourne and Sydney.”

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Maddelena Marcoionni talks to her daughter, Tina, and grand daughter, Gia, about leaving Italy after the war and heading to Australia with her husband, child and the promise of a bulldozer.

Recorded in Eumundi, Queensland