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I prefer to call my history episodes, people of [insert town name] because the people make the town. Historically this focuses on the influential people, the buildings, essential dates in history, but not so much about the everyday people who changed the pans – supporting the health and safety of the community. The woman who advocated for coal capture in power stations to stop the constant stream of black snow falling on them—the people who lived good lives of civic duty without getting awards or accolades for their participation.
Of course, the powerful are there, and it makes sense to add their part when it comes up. The times and the other historical things impacted the communities but the most important aspect, I hope I show is that the people make the town.
Crime has always been a part of society, unfortunately. Sometimes this is seen out of proportion in the criminals’ favour. In my research of crimes – which I generally look at crimes before 1950. Mainly because these are the times the other stories are relating too. It is interesting to see the differences or similarities in social conscience today. An overview of the true-crime of the area – are some areas worse than others or is it just about people being people?
Paranormal or ghost stories
I called myself a ghost whisperer instead of a tour guide. Not because I can speak to them but because it was more interesting – and I have kept that moving forward for the episodes all about small towns ghosts. Ghost stories allow remembering the forgotten. The tumultuous situations in which their lives ended required a lot of processes, then time forgot them. We all leave a mark on the world. I’ve had a personal connection to Yallourn even though I was born after it was closed to the public, my parents bought a three-bedroom weatherboard house from Yallourn and had it moved to Leongatha. The house wasn’t haunted, but being from a ‘town that doesn’t exist anymore’ indeed
haunted me. Yallourn is a small town with a big story I’ll be telling.
Haunted Hills acknowledges the Brataualung people of the Gunai-Kurnai nation who are the Traditional Custodians of land they operate on. Much of the Country they speak of is Aboriginal land, always was, always is. We respect the Elders, people, culture, past, present and hope for a positive future on all these lands that was never ceded.
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