One Year On
One Year On – Stories of COVID-19 in Melbourne's Suburbs is a digital snapshot of stories collected across the suburbs of Melbourne in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
1/12 - Aunty Jennine's Gift Giving
During Melbourne’s first COVID-19 lockdown, proud Willum Warrain Elder Aunty Jennine Armistead (Aunty Jen) brightened the day of people in her neighbourhood by offering cuttings from her garden and handwoven baskets outside her Frankston home.
2/12 - We're Going on a Bear Hunt
As the State of Victoria went into its’ first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, teddy bears and soft toys began to appear in household windows to entertain children and lift community spirits.
3/12 - First Peoples' Health and Wellbeing
First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing (FPHW) is an Aboriginal community-controlled health service that, along with a number of Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations across Victoria.
4/12 - Pranaya Lohani's International Student Community
Pranaya experienced firsthand the challenges of being housebound in student accommodation, but turned to the creative arts and helping others.
5/12 - Across the Fence photographic series
Across the Fence is a photographic series that was created by Melbourne-based photographer Julie Ewing as a ‘community-spirited goodwill project’ in response to the first COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria that began in March 2020.
6/12 - Kofi Kindness
Inspired by the scientific theory that it takes 66 days to form a new habit, Kofi decided to keep a Gratitude Journal for 66 days and share his entries with the general public to motivate others.
7/12 - Isolation portraits - Public housing
In the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain situation, photographer Bri Hammond found herself turning her creative energies to documenting the lived experience of lockdowns and isolation.
8/12 - Art as Therapy
Four creative responses that represent examples of the important role that art and creative writing played during the COVID-19 pandemic.
9/12 - The Li Family
During the Li family’s initial period of self-isolation after returning from their trip to China that was cut short, neighbours and the local community banded together to help to support Zheng, Grace, and the two girls.
10/12 - Knit One Warm One project
Knit One Warm One was launched by Maroondah City Council in July 2020 as part of its’ broader ‘Be Kind Maroondah’ campaign, which aimed to keep community connected and resilient during a period of lockdown and social isolation.
11/12 - Thank You Health Care Heroes
In late April 2020, a hand-painted wall mural emerged on the streets of Caulfield North, Melbourne, paying homage to healthcare workers and thanking them for their service during COVID-19.
12/12 - Feeding Community and the Melbourne Farmer's Markets
During the COVID-19 pandemic the Melbourne Farmers Markets have proved to be an essential service, providing fresh produce to city dwellers whilst simultaneously supporting farmers – and communities in need – through challenging times.
From challenges and hardships through to examples of neighbourly kindness, hope, and resilience, this selection of stories speaks to a wide range of themes including volunteerism, community life, the emergence of new traditions, adaptations to education and work, isolation, creative and artistic responses to the pandemic and First Peoples healthcare and knowledge systems.
One Year On – Stories of COVID-19 in Melbourne is a partnership between Museums Victoria and the Office for Suburban Development that was established in July 2020 with an aim to collect and document how individuals and neighbourhoods have adapted to life with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In late 2020-early 2021, Melburnians were invited to submit their stories to the Office for Suburban Development (via Engage Victoria), and subsequently, a selection of these stories was curated and collected by staff at Museums Victoria. All the stories presented on this digital display have been acquired into Museums Victoria’s State Collection via the museum’s Collecting the Curve: COVID-19 Pandemic Collection.
We would like to thank the individuals and community members who shared their stories and experiences with us.
You can read more about the stories of Victorians and the One Year On digital display on the Museums Victoria website.
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