Reminiscence, Memorabilia and
all that Jazz!
This presentation focuses on memorabilia used in past Memory Man
interviews to help trigger memories. Over 100 items of memorabilia
are on display. They are stored in Memory Man’s ‘Box
of Tricks’. There is also a ‘Box of Smells’,
which contains smells such as moth balls, cloves and lavender.
Listen to real life stories triggered by the sight of an old ‘Kinkara
Tea’ postcard, a box of ‘Federal Safety Matches’ and
a packet of ‘Old Chums’ cigarettes.
An old ‘RECKITTS BAG BLUE’ conjures up images of boiling
up the copper and the drudgery of wash days slaving away in the
image of the old ‘RAMSGATE BATHS’ reminds us of school
swimming lessons all those years ago when we wore old fashioned
and uncomfortable swimming costumes.
Other stories are prompted by smells such as eucalyptus oil.
Try the smell test and be surprised at the memories that come
flooding back. Or simply sit back and enjoy the nostalgia of
seeing once again those old household items of yesteryear.
‘Reminiscence, Memorabilia and All That Jazz!’ is
ideal for residents at nursing homes, hostels,
friendship groups, aged care centres and senior citizen groups
throughout Sydney. Triggers and tales aplenty provoke images
Come back with Memory Man to the ‘good old days’ and
share the fun.
Mate, Can You Spare Me A Deener?
talk relates tales from Australia’s Depression years.
Tough times, yes, but these days were not without humour and
were always interesting, as you will find out.
People used their imaginations more in those days. They had to
be quite resourceful when it came to putting food on the table.
A billy cart became more than a plaything; it could be used to
make money for the family.
Remember the dole queues, and the shanty town of Happy Valley
on the shores of Botany Bay? These images and many more come flooding
back as you listen to the stories of a most interesting era in
Dog Biscuits & Bully Beef
us dog biscuits and bully beef are two recognizable symbols of
Australians at war. The war years, even now, probably feature
more in our psyche as a nation than does any other era in our
short history. At a national level there was a coming of age
and somewhat a loss of innocence. At a personal level there was
hardship, mate ship and triumphs.
This talk focuses on the lighter side of war – the mate
ship and ingenuity of the digger and, above all, his special brand
of humour! Hear personal tales such as the one about teaching the
Americans how to play ‘Two-Up’ using lopsided home
town rules. Or the one about the war ship colliding with a ‘low
lying cloud’. These are just a couple of tales told to
Memory Man and now captured for families forever .
That’s Funny, I Thought I’d
This is a talk based on past Memory Man family interviews. Interview
excerpts are short and snappy, and demonstrate how questions and
visual prompts trigger memories.
The stories you will hear are typical tales of yesteryear, told
by ordinary people living their lives to the full. The war years,
the Depression, sporting tales and many other stories from real
life are featured. These stories are brought to life with the help
of an overhead projector, screen and tape recorder.
Humor is at the forefront of the talk. What you see and hear
will rekindle memories long forgotten. Some tales will have your
heads nodding in agreement while others will simply blow you
A Family Best Seller
The Easy Way To Write Your
Ever wanted to write your life story for family and friends but
the task seemed so difficult it always ended up in the too hard
basket? This talk shows you the easy way to do it, based on the
experiences of Memory Man.
This is a presentation suitable for Sydney writing groups. It
demonstrates how to gather an oral record of your life and how
to manipulate the raw material to facilitate writing and publication
of a book.
The origins of Memory Man go back to 1996 and a life story interview
with a dying father. The recording led to a book, ‘Scone
Larrikin’ and an association with the NSW State Library’s
Oral History Association Of Australia (OHAA).
Organizing the material for the book involved employing a unique
technique to assist publication. In 1997 the OHAA published ‘Scone
Larrikin’ in serialized form in the NSW branch magazine ‘VoicePrint’,
and this was followed in 1999 with details of the publication
process itself in the National Association’s Annual Journal.
|‘The Memory Man has a special gift
of bringing the past to the people of today. He relates well
to people of all ages and encourages older persons to remember
and share their memories.’ Jan, Teacher of
Children’s Creative Writing Group
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