Stories wanted to build Modern Australia

william_mcinnesABC is calling for people to share their personal stories online, with the possibility of incorporating the material into a four-part documentary series  The Making of Modern Australia (MOMA.

As both a broadband project and TV series, ABC is inviting individuals and families to log stories of life in Australia since 1945.

The Making of Modern Australia allows everyone to be a part of history,” says series producer Ian Collie.

“They might be sad or funny stories, memories of big events, or just the quiet details of everyday life. We’re making a history of Australia told by the people who lived it,” Mr Collie said.

The Making of Modern Australia provides a wonderful opportunity for families to get together and talk about their past and their family history. We’re hoping younger family members will record parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents, and then upload their films or audio files, as well as photos or written material,” he said.

People can upload their stories through photos, home movies, live webcams, sound recordings and text at www.makingaustralia.com.au. William McInnes gives virtual guidance on the site.

Personal stories are being sought primarily in four broad categories:

* faith and religion
* parenting and childhood
* romance and relationships
* the Australian home/a sense of place

Stories will be showcased on the website as a lasting record for others to read and comment on. All material posted to the website will be considered for inclusion in the four-part landmark documentary series on ABC TV.

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