Gordon Hendry was interviewed by Macka Willis (left) and Jaz Semmler.
Gordon Hendry was interviewed by Macka Willis (left) and Jaz Semmler. Brenda Strong

Project captures Gladstone's past

GLADSTONE residents are once again invited to take a step back in time.

Celebrating its 12th edition, Tannum Sands High students have captured the lives of Gladstone’s incredible seniors and are excited to display their work in tomorrow’s launch of 2010’s copy of Our Priceless Past.

The project started in 1999 to celebrate the Year of the Older Person, and each year local high school students are enlisted to bring these stories to the region.

The project presents two different generations with the opportunity to collaborate and open up a unique dialogue and level of understanding between the generations.

Each year, the community nominates seniors to take part in the project, with the criteria being they are at least 70 years old and have lived in the region for at least 35 years.

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum cultural projects officer, along with The Observer’s editor and Ergon Energy’s corporate communications manager, lead a workshop session mentoring the students and providing skills in interviewing techniques, journalism, photography, recording and writing oral history.

The 2010 launch of the Our Priceless Past exhibition and commemorative supplement will be held tomorrow from 1pm at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.



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