The Tornado Project – WIP in more ways than one!

In June 2013 our Oral History Group decided to create a project that recorded the impact of the tornado that tore through the Mulwala and Bundalong communities.

ABC Open producers Will Kendrew & Suzi Taylor conducted workshops at the YNH Services to help the group build upon skills in interviewing and audio production they’d gained from previous projects, such as A Day in the Life of YarrawongaImages of Age and Don’t Talk About the Drought.

To begin the project the group created a three minute documentary for local radio.  Obviously this being a big project the workshop finished before the documentary was finished so the oral historians completed it themselves over the next week.  Four days later it was played on two local radio breakfast shows. ABC Open producer Will Kendrew (in his words) babbled away on Matt Dowling’s morning show, mentioning that a Photostory might be ready on Friday (thanks for the pressure Will). Well, Robert and Pauline succeeded, after a few technical headaches, a bleary eyed Robert uploaded to Vimeo for the sixth and final time and the Photostory was glitch free and ready to go.

Being only three minutes long, all the angles that came up while planning the interviews wouldn’t fit, so the ones that didn’t were explored by the historians and posted on the ABC Open website as guest blogs.  Links to those are listed below.

“At the time when it hit us, the kids would have been coming up from the foreshore, so they just could have been cut in half with flying tin.”

“From the nervousness and the cold hands during the interview to the goose bumps and the smile on my face writing this blog, I guess says it all!!”

“The fishing boys are safe but in total shock, drinking port at 10 am instead of coffee to calm the nerves.”

“we sat in the old picture theatre and watched the stories and experiences of these people come alive.”

Work on this project is continuing and progressing very nicely.  If you would like to get involved with the Yarrawonga Oral History Group contact YNH Services and we will put you in touch with the right person.