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post Oct 8 2008, 03:06 PM
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Senior’s Minister Robyn McSweeney today officially opened the 2008 Living Histories exhibition featuring 30 personal stories by Western Australians about life in the 1950s. The minister said the historical project had attracted more than 650 submissions from across Perth and Western Australia.

“These amazing insights capture a unique part of Western Australia's history, recalling a time when lives were dependent on wood stoves for heating, cooking and hot water and the iceman delivered blocks of ice for kerosene refrigerators,” the Minister said. “Living Histories is part of the WA Government’s commitment to supporting seniors to keep physically and mentally active and connected to the broader community. “I hope these stories will encourage relationships and understanding between older Western Australians and the wider community.”

Quentin Smythe, Perth general manager of the largest Western Australian newspaper for seniors, "Have-a-Go-News", said interest in the program was extraordinary and due in part to the stories being about everyday Western Australians.

“These memories are a lasting legacy for our children and our grandchildren and build a picture of a very different WA in the 1950s,” Mr Smythe said.

Ms McSweeney said the Barnett Government was committed to helping Western Australian seniors share in WA’s strong economy and would:
  • introduce arrangements to implement a new cost of living rebate for seniors ($100 for singles and $150 for couples)
  • commission a review of options for the expansion of the eligibility criteria for the WA Seniors Card so more Western Australians could access rebates and concessions
  • provide free public transport in Perth and WA for Seniors Card holders and pensioners in non-peak periods
  • establish a Ministerial advisory committee on seniors’ interests

All the stories submitted will be published on the Department for Communities website and 160 selected stories will be printed in a commemorative book to be launched next year.

The Living Histories exhibition is one of the many events taking place to celebrate Seniors Week 2008, which runs from October 26 to November 2. A full list of events is available from the Calendar of Events on the WA Seniors Card website at: http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au

Ben, Skype "Perth-", Western Australia
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post Jul 12 2009, 03:05 AM
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I know these events took place last year, but was there a big response to this & if so, was the book published? I am particularly interested in Dr Louis Ernest Seide Gelle who had a surgery in 59, Havelock Street, about 1959, But I'm sure he was one of your well-known citizens.
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