Princes Court

the mallee living history BOOKS

Mildura Retirement Villages

Mallee Living Histories

The Mallee’s Living History series started as an opportunity to give residents at Princes Court retirement village in Mildura the chance to tell their stories – a way of validating their life experience and sharing with others that, behind their apparent old age, they have lived lives of value to the wider community. The very act of having someone listen to and share that experience is a potential source of good health and self-belief.

“The stories of a generation who nurtured children and worked to develop caring communities.”

Everyone who lives a long life has a fascinating story to tell. Resilience and a positive attitude, the ability to reinvent ourselves as circumstances change, engagement with and interest in people and issues, loving relationships, and finding a worthwhile purpose are all critical factors in leading a long, rewarding life, and successful ageing.
Everyone goes through hardships, grief, or significant disappointments, but it is the way we deal with these experiences that makes all the difference. The support of our family, friends and community is essential.

Mallee Living Histories is a project which engages community volunteers and corporate sponsors who together collect the lived histories of those in our aged care in Mildura and publish stories which residents can share with family and friends.

The project has the added benefit of contributing to the knowledge of our Mildura aged care staff and their ability to chat with residents about their lives and their experiences. “I did not know that you grew up there, I did not know you had worked in that …” At Princes Court and elsewhere, staff relish the chance to chat about things that are personal and engaging. A Monash University study confirms that the residents feel more valued and respected.

We are now working on Book 5 with the result that we will have captured more than sixty stories and it is now extended to stories from residents at three other regional/Mildura aged care facilities and other interested individuals from the community. 

The new mallee living histories website, with the permission of the storytellers, will now make this important history available to the wider community.

The project is receiving wide acclaim …

The Government recognises the importance of celebrating the lives of our senior Australians … acknowledging how their achievements have paved the way for future generations

Hon Greg Hunt

Minister for Health and Aged Care, 2021.

Princes Court have done a phenomenal job in leading the way around the value for story writers and storytellers and the benefits to Mildura to have that history recorded

Hon Anthony Carbines

Victorian Minister for Aged and Health

An incredible collection of uplifting stories and histories … a crucial chance for residents to reflect, connect and share their stories

Ali Cupper MP

Member for Mildura.

Funds from the sale of the Mallee Living History books are reinvested into the publishing of the next book in a pay it forward basis. This ensures the continuation of the project.

Mildura Retirement Village

First Edition

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Retirement Villages Mildura

Second Edition

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Mildura Aged Care

Third Edition

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Fourth Edition

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