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.”
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. www.malleelivinghistories.com.au
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.