Through Younger Eyes: Anzac Centenary

Through Younger Eyes is an Anzac Centenary-funded project that explores the lives of Geelong residents who were affected and forever altered by World War I, through the eyes of young Geelong locals today. Way Back When will be working with Scouts, Guides and young actors from Geelong to research and produce a series of soundscapes that explore some of the events, themes and issues associated with World War I on both the battle and home fronts. The first of these soundscapes has been installed in the Johnstone Park Peace Memorial for Anzac Day 2017 and Geelong After Dark 2017.

Melton: 150 years

As the City of Melton celebrates its sesquicentenary, the council has commissioned a commemorative history of the local area, which comprises the present municipality. The history is to be presented as a high-quality book that provides an historical overview in an accessible and readable manner. As well as researching archives and local history collections, this project will involve a community engagement component, bringing local and relevant personal stories into the publication to create a sense of community connection and belonging.

175-Year History of St Mary’s Parish Primary School

Founded in 1842, Williamstown’s St Mary’s Parish Primary School has been identified as the oldest continuously operating Catholic school in Victoria, and is an integral part of the Williamstown community. In 2017, St Mary’s Primary School is celebrating its 175th anniversary. To commemorate this significant milestone, the school has commissioned a history that will celebrate the last 175 years and proudly document the community that has been fostered during this period.  

Bialik College Archives

Way Back When is working with Bialik College to organise and digitise the school's archival collection, the Laura Kipen Memorial Archive, and create an online archive via Victorian Collections.

Royal Melbourne Hospital Oral History Project

Way Back When is currently undertaking an oral history project with current and former staff members of The Royal Melbourne Hospital. The project will document and capture the memories of the working life and experiences of longstanding and senior staff through oral history recordings. Around 35 interviews will be carried out over the course of the project, supplementing the archival records and providing insight and knowledge not recorded in the official written records.

Springthorpe and La Trobe Local History Project

Springthorpe is a small suburb in Melbourne’s north that has a rich and dynamic history. The Springthorpe and La Trobe Local History Project is centred around engaging with the local community to research and celebrate this history. Way Back When is currently working with the community to guide them through the process of undertaking oral histories, primary and secondary research, gathering images and writing content for a website that will celebrate the history of Springthorpe and be an ongoing hub for community-undertaken research.

Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Oral History Project

The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens is a not-for-profit association established to provide support and assistance to the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. In 2017, the group celebrates its 35-year anniversary. This significant milestone, together with the recent passing of the first convenor of the group and other influential early members, has inspired the Friends to commence an oral history project to interview those who played a significant role in the creation and evolution of the association in its first decade. 

Veterans Heritage Program

With the support of the Veterans Branch of the Victorian State Government, Museums Australia (Victoria) – MA (Vic) – is engaged in a multi-faceted Veterans Heritage Program. Part of this program is to develop and deliver a series of oral history workshops for ex-service organisations that will enable ten Victorian ex-service organisations to conduct oral histories within their communities. Way Back When is working with MA (Vic) on this exciting project and workshops are being carried out over the remainder of 2017 and into 2018.

Kew Senior Citizens Centre history

Kew Senior Citizens Centre has a long and celebrated history. Since its establishment, which is thought to be 65 years ago, the club has provided a place for seniors to gather, socialise and recharge. Providing meals and activities, senior citizens centres are an integral part of healthy communities, and Kew Senior Citizens Centre is no exception. With strong links to the Boroondara community, the history of Kew Senior Citizens Centre is a story of community that charts the development of Kew and the surrounding suburbs. To celebrate 65 years of operation, a book charting the history, highlighting changes over time and incorporating the involvement of key individuals who have contributed to the establishment and progress of the club and its community, will be produced.

Royal Children's Hospital Significance Assessment and Collection Policy Development

After undertaking a Heritage Interpretation Strategy and plan in 2015 with Context and Way Back When, The Royal Children’s Hospital is moving towards implementing some of the recommendations made in the final document. The first of these is a Significance Assessment and Collection Policy Development. Way Back When is currently working with Context on this project – delving once again into the remarkable collection, assessing its significance and working with the hospital to develop policies that will enable greater access.

Mordialloc College Alumni Association

Way Back When has been engaged by Mordialloc College Alumni Association (MCAA) to develop an overview of the resources currently in the MCAA archive collections, in preparation for the school’s forthcoming centenary celebration. MCAA has gathered a variety of resources already but is actively collecting memories and materials from past students and teachers associated with the school. There is a Facebook page (‘Mordialloc College Alumni Association’) and a dedicated website ( for anyone who might have stories and memories they would like to share.

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Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Oral History Project

Way Back When is currently working with the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) to develop a comprehensive oral history collection for the RASV archive. During the course of the project 50 oral history interviews will be undertaken with individuals who have been involved in various aspects of the RASV and, more specifically, the Royal Melbourne Show. The resulting collection will record their valuable contribution and celebrate the dynamic history of this strong and unique community.