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Celebrate Living History Mini Magazine - In memory of Clarice Artis

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The latest edition of the Celebrate Living History mini magazine is dedicated to "Senior Star" Clarice Artis who proved that age is really just a number. May her legend live long.
The Semester two edition features wonderful work by our interns from Griffith University on the Gold Coast.
- The Interesting Life of Hilda Fletcher by Talitha Organ Fletcher
-A Nurse’s Tale By Isabella Neal
-Entrepreneurs Across Generations
Jenny Smith founder of the Divorced Women’s Club.
Blaise McCann founder and CEO of Hear Us
- Sponsors
- Funnies

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Celebrate Living History Mini Magazine - In memory of Clarice Artis

  1. 1. Howdy folks! I can’t believe its nearly Christmas, time sure goes fast. I just heard one of my very first senior stars Clarice Artis passed away in June at the grand age of 103. She was a wonderful person to interview and it was a great pleasure to meet and get to know her. At the age of 72 she was inspired by a 92-year-old diving champion to get out her togs and start swimming again. She went on to become a champion swimmer at the Masters Swimming at age 97! Clarice proved that it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. Clarice leaves behind a wonderful legacy and proves that age is really just a number. This semester I had the pleasure of hosting two interns from Griffith University Talitha and Isabella it was wonderful to have them on board and see their stories evolve over time. That’s what I love about Celebrate Living History is that I’m constantly exposed to stories from all generations. 5Follow our mascot Ava Dognar to Page For every generation Stories to make you smile. 1 Bev with Clarice Artis one of her very first Senior Stars in 2012. Clarice passed away at the age of 103 in June Semester 2: 2018 Words from Bev Wilkinson Words from Bev the founder of Celebrate Living History 1 Hilda Fletcher Meet our interns A Nurses Tale Vox Pop with Jenny Smith Clarice Artis Blaise McCann Sponsors Funnies Contact Details 22
  2. 2. Celebrate Living History October Edition 2018 2 Integer metus. Lorem. byline [Name] The Interesting Life of Hilda Fletcher By Talitha Organ Fletcher So he and his army mate decided to share a house. They had the bedroom and the box room upstairs, as it was called, because Mrs Currier had more children and we shared the front room. We had two double beds, right next to each other. Me, Dot and Ida in one and dad, mum and Edwin, who we called Sonny, in the other,” she explains from her sitting room in Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast. These memories and experiences are ones that seem so foreign to your average modern Australian. Most us grew up in our own bedrooms, with hot water available all the time and of course, our modern appliances and technology. Listening to such recollections sounds like a BBC period drama come to life. Though, despite not having a lot and struggling to get by at times, Hilda only remembers her childhood with fondness. She explains that whilst they never went hungry, they didn’t often have access to many different foods. Follow our mascot Ava Dognar to Page 3 Part 1 – Growing Up January 29 1921, Edwin and Emelia Phillips welcomed another baby girl in their family but at the time, no one had any idea of the extraordinary life that she would go on to lead. She would travel the world, join the army, emigrate halfway across the globe and survive a direct bombing by German forces in the Second World War. At 97, Hilda May Fletcher, has seen and experienced enough love, loss and adventure for two lifetimes but finds herself with a wonderful legacy and one incredible life story. Raised in Staines, Middlesex in the United Kingdom during the lead up to The Great Depression and World War II, the Phillips family struggled to make ends meet when Edwin came home after serving in the first world war. They shared a three bedroom house with another family, Mr and Mrs Currier and their six children for several years. When dad came back after the war, of course I wasn’t born then, but he had trouble finding work.
  3. 3. Celebrate Living History October Edition: 2018 3 Delicacies such as oranges were reserved for special events such as Christmas and birthdays. The Phillips family lived in the shared house with The Curriers until Hilda’s maternal grandfather managed to obtain the family a council house at 71 Dalleygreen Road, Egham, Surrey when she was about six years old. “I remember thinking it was like a palace!,” Hilda recollects, her English accent still shining through on certain words,. “My sister, Dot, helped me pack up all my toys into my little wagon and together we walked the one or two miles to the new house. I thought we’d gone to heaven.” A newly built house in the late 1920s would’ve had new amenities that families such as the Phillip’s had only dreamed about. Indoor bathroom and toilet, just for a start, as well as three bedrooms to share between them and to Emelia Phillips delight, a laundry room! “We used to have to wash everything in the kitchen sink, we had no bath at the house in Staines, so mum would do everything in the kitchen. Which when, you’ve got two families in one house, becomes very busy.” The remainder of her formative years were happy ones despite the Great Depression, she helped her mother around the house and adored her father. “My father was a lovely man. He never swore. Never raised a hand to us, or his voice,” she says with a smile of fondness on her face. “He used to call us his little ducks. We had a big staircase that we would come running down, slamming the door behind us. My father, who’d be sitting reading would say ‘Ducks, is that how we close doors?’ and we’d go back up the stairs and shut it again quietly.” Hilda attended an all girls school near her Aunt’s house in Thorpe until she was fourteen, which was the usual age to leave school for working class girls in 1935. She continued to live in the family home and worked at a few different jobs, such as in a button shop and a newsagency before the war started. She spent her downtime going to the pictures with friends, dancing with dapper young men at the town hall on Saturday nights and shopping along one of many London High streets until 1st September 1939 when Prime Minster Winston Churchill announced that England would not sit idly by as Europe was once again plunged into warfare. I love to hear people’s stories, simply put, and when those stories come from people that have lived a completely different life from me I find them incredibly interesting. I think that all different kinds of events make up the human experience and we only get to personally go through a few of them, so hearing and learning from others is the best way to understand and imagine all the different kinds of lives we could have. Meet Talitha Organ Fletcher our intern from Griffith University Continued from Page 2
  4. 4. Celebrate Living History October Edition 2018 4 A Nurse’s Tale By Isabella Neal Balmain, Sydney. 1975. A young, dedicated woman by the name of Katrina Singh, pins on her nurses’ cap and walks down the corridors of Balmain Hospital to begin her shift. Taking care of her patients of all ages was a privilege and honour as they shared stories about their lives and families while she devoted her nursing care and attention to them. Reminiscing about her nursing days, Katrina says it was a lot like the television show, Love Child. “The 70s I knew was colourful, free spirited, new age, exciting, full of promise; The mini- series Love Child was meticulously on point of life in the 70s particularly through the eyes of the nurses and midwives,” Katrina says. “The series resonated deeply with me and memories, wonderful memories flooded back in living colour of an era that held promise and new found revelations.” Katrina has always had a kind, caring, gentle nature. She would even spend some of her time of her days off, visiting the elderly patients, brushing her elderly patient’s hair and making them feel young again by applying their lipstick, before tucking them into bed with a nice, warm patchwork blanket. Helping her male patients, Katrina would lend a hand with shaving and applying a splash of cologne followed by gentle sing-a-long. Katrina loved to take her patients for walks, or wheeling them outside to enjoy the sunshine. Her patients would often sit and reminisce about their early years with tears in their eyes and Katrina would follow suit. “My patients meant so much to me. I cared expressly about their well-being and dedicated myself to such. They trusted me and we grew a bond of closeness as days came and went. I would often put in extra time before and after my shifts and on days off, just to spend with them, brushing their hair, playing cards, taking them for walks, playing with the kids in the children’s ward”, she says. Follow Ava Dognar to Page 5
  5. 5. Celebrate Living History October Edition: 2018 5 Katrina fondly remembers an elderly lady by the name, Mrs Lake. She played an everlasting role in Katrina’s nursing life. “Mrs Lake had the most kindly blue eyes; she was so sweet. She had long soft silvery white hair that I’d brush for her and pin up in a bun. She couldn’t really speak but communicated with by smiling, pointing, nodding etc. I’d often spend time with her reading or brushing her beautiful hair. She loved a piece of chocolate every now and then, too. I loved that grand, graceful lady,” Katrina reminisces. Katrina is very proud of her nursing days and often shares her feelings to her daughter. “I was always very proud to dress appropriately in my nurses’ uniform – stockings, brown nursing shoes, white paper caps which we were taught to fold correctly into shape and pin on to our neatly coifed hair”, Katrina says. “I’d pin on my nurses watch to my uniform and to top it off, I’d donned a royal blue, woollen cape. I’d just feel so proud to be in a profession that offered care, comfort and love to all”, she says. It was during her early nursing days that she met one of her closest, dearest and oldest friend’s to this day. Also working as a nursing student, Inga later became a Godmother to Katrina’s youngest daughter, Isabella in 1997. “One of my best friends I met when nursing in 1975 when we were both 17, and we are firm, loving friends to this day. Inga and her husband, Michael (who was also a nurse) are Godparents to my youngest daughter”, she says. Katrina’s love and compassion for people has been clearly inherited and shared by her daughters as they nurture their own families. That’s just a testament to Katrina’s strength and abilities. She was a great nurse and the skills she developed throughout the years have sustained her. Continued from Page 4 Meet Isabella Neal our student intern from Griffith University! What attracts you about being an intern at Celebrate Living History? I love learning about other people’s stories, backgrounds and what makes them, them. I love meeting people who are willing to share their stories and explain them in a way that makes me feel like I’m right there with them on their journey. I also love reading and hearing about old love stories, and the typical “back in my day…” narratives full of heart and nostalgia. I like that Celebrate Living History approaches these topics with good intentions and love. It’s lovely to read heartwarming stories every now and again, instead of hearing bad news on the TV and in the newspapers everyday. It’s like a breath of fresh air. Who is an older person that you admire and why? I admire my Nanna, Zillah, who has lead a full life. Taking care of her five young daughters since the early 1950s, two of which were severely handicapped. Nanna has faced a tough life, which of course hasn’t been at all easy. She is a selfless lady, who always puts her family before herself (even if she is ailing with her own health), and has been a tower of strength for each member of my family. Nanna is the matriarch of this family, and her strength has been passed down through every woman in the family, myself included. Her strong Christian faith and spirit never ceases to amaze me, and I will always be grateful for everything she has taught me.
  6. 6. Celebrate Living History October Edition 2018 6 Continued from Page 1. Meet Jenny Smith founder of the Divorced Women’s Club. What advice would you give to the younger generation? Never let the fear of failure or other peoples’ opinions about what you ‘should’ do with your life stop you from doing what you want to do. Your success is based on your version of what you want to do, and it might take venturing down many different paths before you find that something that really lights up you. It’s the journey and who you become that is the best part. What motivates you to keep working after 60? There is no motivation – it is simply that I still have many things I want to achieve in my business, I’m fit and healthy, I don’t feel that age is relevant to anything we want to do in life, and to be honest I feel like I’m just warming up. I also spend most of my time with people who are 20 to 30 years younger than me both socially and in the work environment. The learning never stops. Over the year I have been on a mission to improve my public speaking skills, so that I may confidently complete my bucket list goal of speaking at Ted X, which is a program that includes live speakers who talk about amazing ideas and achievements. One day I would like to talk about what I have learnt from my six years of running Celebrate Living History. Looking back to the very start of CLH, I was very determined to interview seniors. Even at one stage crashing a senior’s meeting, so I can interview their members. I still remember the shocked look on the senior’s faces when I rolled in the door. They were not expecting me but still gave me an opportunity to speak during their tea break. That meeting broke all stereotypes of seniors that I had in my mind. I was expecting scones and jam. And lots of seniors just sitting around talking, I was pleasantly surprised when musical instruments came out. And I was having lots of fun joining in. Sometimes the best moments in life come when you are least expecting it. To this day I’m still very good friends with some of the people from that group! Over the year I have been interviewing entrepreneurs from two very different generations the over 60s and under 30s. It all started as a curiosity to see what makes people passionate about their business ideas. And what makes entrepreneurs determined to succeed and keep going even when things don’t go to plan. I’ve learnt so much that I’ve decided to put all the interviews together into one book. It was not my original intention, but like a true entrepreneur I’m delving into an unknown path. I have no idea how to create a book, but I’ll give it a go. If you don’t try, you will never know what magic can happen. I hope you have great Christmas and a fantastic New Year! Till Next Time! Bev
  7. 7. Celebrate Living History October Edition: 2018 7 Chatting with Clarice Artis champion swimmer at 97 To celebrate Clarice’s life, we are publishing her story from 2012. Clarice was one of the very first seniors our founder Bev Wilkinson interviewed. May her legend live on. Clarice Artis is a golden girl with a can-do attitude she talks about being a champion swimmer at 97. Inspired at 72 by a 92-year-old diving champion, Clarice decided to change her lifestyle. “I thought I have to do something, it was 25 or more years since I’ve been swimming,” she says “I didn’t play sport, hadn’t been into the sea even though I lived there from when my children were youngsters,” “I made up my mind I was going to go swimming the next morning at the local pool.” The next day Clarice woke up at 6 am full of enthusiasm to take over the pool. “I’m just going like an Olympian doing a lap, I got about two thirds of the way and I thought what’s wrong with me, I just felt like I was going to have a heart attack and I grabbed hold of the side and a couple of women came along and they said are you alright?” she says “They helped me out of the water and very disappointed I went home.” This experience did not deter Clarice and the very next day she went straight back into the pool. “From then on I was going three times a week and I did about 50 laps till I was 80, and developed heart trouble but I still went swimming,” she says. One day while coming out of the water a gentleman decided to pop over and ask if she was in the Masters swimming. “I said oh no I’m too old, he kept ringing me until at 86 I joined he greeted me and said the Australian Championships this year are in Victoria I’ve entered you in 50, 100, 200 and I nearly dropped in my tracks I thought how dare he do this,” she says “It was only about a month off, I got very cross with him I said you have no right to do that I’ve never been a race in my life,” “I went in them and broke all the records, that was in backstroke only I could not believe it,” “I broke my own record the next year, and won a lot of medals.” Clarice says the secret to thinking young is to keep active. “Look after yourself not only physically but mentally as well, I do crossword puzzles and play cards once a week,” she says “I advise people to walk a lot, keep moving otherwise you lose it and it is so true.”
  8. 8. Celebrate Living History October Edition 2018 8 Meet Blaise McCann she has an online marketplace for curvy women It all started with a goal to chat to entrepreneurs over 60. Then out of curiosity we decided to chat to entrepreneurs under 30. We believe these two very vast generations can learn and grow from each other. We head to Sydney Australia and chat with Blaise McCann founder and CEO of Hear Us Roar an online marketplace for curvy fashion. What motivated you to start your own business? I’ve been a plus size model for the past 10 years and the brands I was working for were not catering to the younger generations of curvy woman. Very dowdy and outdated. In particular – I was at a runway show for a major department store and the plus size models looked so out of date and the straight sized models were in these amazing beautiful clothes for everyday and at that moment I felt so frustrated that this was all that was on offer for plus size. So I started Hear Us Roar – I poured my frustration into the business. What are some of the most important lessons you have learnt in life? Cheesy – but, never give up. Its so easy to walk away, but once you have started something its sheer determination and grit that keeps things going. I’ve also learnt on the complete opposite side to this – self care is just as important as working hard. My favourite mantra is from Dita Von Teese she once said “You can be the juiciest, ripest peach – but there will always be someone who doesn’t like peaches.” What advice would you give to your younger self? University isn’t the be all or end all. There is more to life than books and remembering information. The bad will always swing to good eventually. Have dreams and don’t ever be afraid to chase them. Who is an older person that you admire and why? Chelsea Bonner – an inspiration to me from when we first started working together. She is my modelling agent, she built her agency off the back of a dream. She built it with vision and excitement and love. She has also done it with grace, always kind and takes the high road in unpleasant moments. She is an amazing woman to have around me!
  9. 9. Celebrate Living History October Edition: 2018 9 12 Thanks to our sponsors and supporters! Don’t forget to get your Tax Return done! Contact Edie and Vanessa at Mornington Peninsula Book Keeping Edie May: 0414 318 969 Vanessa Fiducia: 0433 063 159
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The latest edition of the Celebrate Living History mini magazine is dedicated to "Senior Star" Clarice Artis who proved that age is really just a number. May her legend live long. The Semester two edition features wonderful work by our interns from Griffith University on the Gold Coast. - The Interesting Life of Hilda Fletcher by Talitha Organ Fletcher -A Nurse’s Tale By Isabella Neal -Entrepreneurs Across Generations Jenny Smith founder of the Divorced Women’s Club. Blaise McCann founder and CEO of Hear Us Roar - Sponsors - Funnies


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