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CELEBRATE LIVING
HISTORY
Howdy Folks! Its been a long time between newsletters and a lot has
happened since then! I've bee...

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Diaries of a Casaul Worker
By Bev Wilkinson
In life, we face many difficulties. As a fresh
graduate, we often hear the phr...

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WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU
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My Grandad
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  1. 1. CELEBRATE LIVING HISTORY Howdy Folks! Its been a long time between newsletters and a lot has happened since then! I've been busy with the new book Diaries of a Casual Worker and www.bevwilkinson.com.au its a website dedicated to all that i've acheived in 10 years with Celebrate Living History. It was amazing to dig through all the archives and realise that I have worked with so many wonderful students and for that I am grateful. Who would have thought an idea that started simply inside my head would spark so many connections between generations. It gives me goosebumps that Celebrate Living History has so much potential to make people smile and cherish stories that otherwise would never be recorded and simply lost forever. I love being the person in the middle connecting young and old. I truely beleive if you find something that you love then you just got to keep going and keep persisting. One day that vision inside your head will become a reality even if it takes years to make it happen. My new dream is to step outside of my full time casual role and take on my passion full time. That is truely scary for me as I've always depended on these paid roles to keep doing what I love. But seeing the website made me realise I have so much potential to become a paid speaker, writer and facilitator and I need to step into this role. Wish me luck and to be cheeky if you need a speaker or facilitator feel free to get in touch! Keep Safe and dream big! Till Next Time! Bev Words from Bev Founder of Celebrate living History Contents Meet our intern Erin Norton Entrepreneur Erin Young Life as an international student Feature Story: My Grandad Entrepreneur: Eddie Lees My Favourite Concerts Recipe Pigs Blankets Sponsors WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU
  2. 2. Diaries of a Casaul Worker By Bev Wilkinson In life, we face many difficulties. As a fresh graduate, we often hear the phrase, 'Thank you for your time, but at this stage you have been unsuccessful.' What happens when you get sick of hearing the word, 'No'? It can be easy to wallow in self-pity. But the challenge is to pick yourself up and believe you can do anything, and say, 'Bugger this, I will make my own way.' Diaries of A Casual Worker features the stories of Bev Wilkinson, as she tackles the world of casual employment, as a necessity to help fund her passion for writing and connecting generations. We all need to live, but the challenge is to keep doing what you love. These work diaries show that you can do mainstream work, but still keep aiming high, and make your creative passions a reality. Autographed copies of Diaries of a Casual Worker can be purchased at www.bevwilkinson.com.au P H O T O B Y M A R T I N R . S M I T H WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU Meet Erin Norton What attracts you about being an intern for Celebrate Living History? I'm in my final year of a Bachelor of Journalism and Communciation and it's getting to the stage now where everyone is asking me what I'm going to do at the end of it all. The thing is, I'm not sure what I want to do yet! Which is totally natural but I thought interning at Celebrating Living History would help me develop my interviewing, writing and photography skills. Working at a medical centre on the Sunshine Coast, I come across a lot of different people from all walks of life and its so interesting to hear their life stories. Who is an older person that you admire and why? All the classics like David Bowie, David Attenbourough those guys but also my own family like my Nans and my parents. They are so resilient and hard-working- a trait that I hope they have passed down to me. If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why? I'm quite interested in late 20th century history at the moment especially American moral panics of the 1970's onwards. It would be super interesting to see how people thought during this time. I would have to say the 70's and 80's in England. My parents grew up during that time and it would be funny to see them when they were my age.
  3. 3. P H O T O B Y M A R T I N R . S M I T H WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU My Grandad This is my Grandad Ron receiving a medal of honour from the Queen Mother in 1975. According to my Nan, she smiled at him and remarked “A Gordon for me”. Ron stood up so straight that a button of his uniform came flying off! This is how I would like to remember him: a proud, humble, and respectful soldier with an infectious sense of humour- a trait that he has passed on to my Dad. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2013 and as my grandparents lived in Spain, I have few memories of Ron. I remember he had wrinkly tattoos on his chest and a silver tooth but until now, I did not know the extent of his military career. Looking at the old pictures and reading the reports from his fellow soldiers and students, I can see that Ron was loved dearly by everyone, especially my Nan Sandra. It has been an honour to write this article and reconnect with an important figure in my family’s diverse and complicated history. So, let us start at the beginning (with the help of some official documents). Roy “Ron” Alexander Norton was born on the 12th of May 1937. He started boxing when was 8 years old and left school at 15 to join the Merchant Navy. He stayed with the Navy for a couple of years but then changed tack and enlisted in the now legendary Gordon Highlanders. The Gordon Highlanders were one of the finest regiments in the British Army, spanning over 200 years until their amalgamation in 1994. Consisting of fishermen, farmers, university students and labourers, the Highlanders were ordinary people with a strong sense of duty and drive to serve their country. Ron enlisted in 1963 and completed his basic training in Fort George, a tiny town near Inverness in Scotland. That same year, Ron and his fellow Highlanders embarked on numerous tours of duty in Kenya, Mombasa, and Swaziland and then moved on to Borneo and Cyprus. During his time with the Highlanders, was revered by his colleagues who referred to him as “Mush”. He was described as a short man but one who walked tall and was brimming with the self confidence of an “old soldier” and loved canoeing and boxing. His stern and sometimes ominous exterior concealed a man who would light up a room with his endless supply of jokes, making the dullest moments entertaining. By Erin Norton
  4. 4. P H O T O B Y M A R T I N R . S M I T H In 1972, Ron married the love of his life, Sandra in Grays, Essex, England. Shortly after the wedding, the newly weds with my Dad in tow moved to Northern Ireland where Ron completed a tour of duty, assisting the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUI) during “The Troubles”, a series of riots and terrorist attacks by the Irish Republican Army. During the late 70’s and 80’s, the trio moved around a lot and journeyed to many far off and exotic places like Singapore, Penang, and New Zealand. But after years of service to the Highlanders and the British Army, Ron retired from military life in the summer of 1981 taking up a job in Industrial Security Management. After my Dad was all grown up, Ron and Sandra moved from England to the idyllic seaside town of Mazarron, Murcia, Spain, which provided a perfect place for retirement. Throughout his later years of life, he became even more of an inspiration by joining the local Karate community, teaching a number of students at the Dominoes Martial Arts Self Defence Club as “Sensei Rocket”. My Grandad Ron was a hero, a true gentleman, a husband, and a father. He touched the hearts of many throughout his life and I am honoured to say that I am related to him. Love you forever. WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU
  5. 5. Aya is a 17-year-old Indonesian female who started studying on the Gold Coast in 2019. She commenced university in June where she enrolled in a Diploma of Arts and Communication. At her beginning of university, Aya experienced culture shock as she never thought Australian culture was vastly different with Indonesia. This culture shock ranged from daily activities to formal activities. Aya was surprised when she saw college students were allowed to wear casual outfits to campus, including sandals, shorts and t-shirts. This was different in comparison to Indonesia, where it is mandatory for college and university students to wear formal outfits when attending classes. Moreover, Aya found another type of culture shock with the lecturer’s ways of teaching that were different. At Griffith University, the course schedule was flexible depending on student’s response or enthusiasm and most lecturers are friendly to students. However, the way of teaching in Indonesia is the opposite, where students are not allowed to have a very friendly relation with their teachers to avoid bribery. Sometimes, Aya struggled with the adaptation of lifestyle and cultures. However, Aya believed that she had to adapt to this new way of life to do well in her new chapter of as an International student in Australia. Aya was grateful to experience the different way of life in Australia all that she had learnt shaped her view of the world differently giving her insight into another culture. One of the good aspects of studying abroad are that Aya became more independent. Aya learnt to do things that she had never done on her own in Indonesia. Aya was always seeking help from friends and relatives to help her. In Australia Aya learnt how to do tasks solo such as cook rice, open bank accounts, pay tuition and lease apartments to stay. Another great lesson Aya learned from living in Australia was to become more of a friendly, easy going and open- minded person, as being a student on the Gold Coast she needed to develop good communication skills to expand her social circle. Aya soon become friends with fellow students to broaden her connections while she studied at university. Life as an international student Written by Vania Anindita P H O T O B Y M A R T I N R . S M I T H WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU
  6. 6. I was in my element in the events industry. My role at Marvel Stadium involved working with patrons from all around the world. All I had to do was provide information on the venue, and show patrons to their seats. Through these roles, I got to see wicked concerts like Adele and Bon Jovi, while getting paid. My favourite concert was Adele, who played at what was known as Etihad Stadium at the time. She was amazing. I was pretty close to the stage and once I ushered everyone to their seats, I got to relax and enjoy the concert. She has such a great sense of humour, and I loved her banter in between songs. Adele totally blew me away with her humble account of her life to where she was now. Adele painted a colourful character, and it was like a mini comedy show. I could not stop smiling. She chatted about burping and what it was like at the Oscars, with her ‘tits overflowing with milk,’ after having a child. She revealed that while her life looks glamourous, she was really wearing a diamond encrusted dress, drawing in sweat and bugs! I liked how she shared her personal photos from when she was growing up. As a child, she had a big smile on her face, and loved East 17. I, too, had a poster of the East 17 gang on my wall! It was nice reminiscing about the past and fond memories. I also loved the personal touch of Adele’s handwritten notes that were plastered all over the stadium, that was truly lovely. Such a wonderful concert that shows you can be humble and famous. I remember when Justin Bieber played at Etihad Stadium, he totally took me by surprise. To be honest, I was not a huge fan of his. He seemed to have a huge attitude when captured by the media. All his tattoos and bad attitude may have been a big hit with teenagers, but it would take a lot to change my viewpoint of him. While waiting for briefing to start, we were sitting in the seats overlooking the stadium. It was calm before hundreds of teenagers would scream their way into Etihad Stadium. Then all of sudden, this sense of calm was broken with the tapping of a soccer ball rolling around the ground. I looked up from my briefing notes and spotted this bleached haired kid running around kicking a ball. At first, I thought it was a dancer, fitting in some exercise. Then I looked closer. It was Justin Bieber. He seemed so young and innocent, kicking around a ball. He was not with an entourage of people. He was just himself, deep in his thoughts, kicking a ball. Sometimes you build up so much hype around a celebrity that you forget they are just human. As my mum says, everyone has to poop, no matter what status you are in life. In a few hours, Justin would be on stage singing his songs to thousands of screaming fans. But I will always remember him as that bleached haired kid, kicking around the ball. To read more stories autographed copies of Diaries of a Casual Worker can be purchased at www.bevwilkinson.com.au My favourite Concets- Diairies of a Casual Worker By Bev Wilkinson P H O T O B Y M A R T I N R . S M I T H WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU
  7. 7. Meet Erin Young founder of Zen Matcha Tea in Australia and Evergreen Matcha in the USA What are some of the struggles you have faced starting your own business? The first big challenge was the isolation I felt when I first started the business. I was working from home and the business was not making much money. Not having a team around me or a structure to my day was very hard and caused me to develop anxiety. I decided at a young age to go back and get a corporate job and grow Zean Green Tea on the side. Another challenge came from business growth. Four years into the business, I received an email from a company wh distributed to health food stores asking if they could sell my product. I agreen and they confirmed a relatively small number of units they expected to buy each month. I set aside these units and went on a planned vacation overseas. While on vacation, I received a frantic call from my mother saying this distributor just ordered more than my entire Australian stock of tea. The massive increase in volume meant that I had to air frieght more stock into Australia and my parents had to take a week off work to help me pack stock. It is small events like this that define the business and I am happy to say we were able to meet the new volume! P H O T O B Y M A R T I N R . S M I T H WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU Zen Matcha Tea zengreentea.com.au facebook.com/ZenGreenTea instagram.com/zengreentea You can buy an autographed copy of Entrepreneurs: Generations Apart at www.bevwilkinson.com.au
  8. 8. Meet Eddie Lees founder of Now Sorted, an estate- planning application. What motivates you to keep working after 60? It beats the alternative, and with a lifetime of learning, there is so much to give back, to share, to pass on. What do you like most about having your own business? While its a lot less rosy than people think, the ability to excercise patience while developing a top-flight service is something that a profit-seeking employer would never allow, when you own your business, you can deploy patient capital. Having one's own business demands integrity, belief and strength of purpose, you can't hide from reality and all these factors build character, even when you don't realise its happening. P H O T O B Y M A R T I N R . S M I T H WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU Now Sorted nowsorted.com facebook/nowsorted You can buy an autographed copy of Entrepreneurs: Generations Apart at www.bevwilkinson.com.au
  9. 9. INGREDIENTS 1 (8-oz.) tube crescent rolls 1 12-oz. package mini cocktail weiners 4 tbsp. melted butter Coarse salt, for sprinkling Step 1 Preheat oven to 375º. On a lightly floured surface, unroll crescent sheets and tear where perforated. Cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles. Step 2 Place one cocktail weiner on thick side of each triangle then gently roll to thinner side. Step 3 Transfer to a medium baking sheet, brush with melted butter, and a sprinkle with coarse salt. Step 4 Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Author: Alyssa Rosello Publication: Delish Recipe of the Month Pigs in Blanket P H O T O B Y M A R T I N R . S M I T H WWW.CELEBRATELIVINGHISTORY.COM.AU WWW.BEVWILKINSON.COM.AU
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