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At Yesterday Stories we believe history is important and that our past weaves itself easily to our present. It affects us today in ways we don’t even know. We believe it is important to know what has happened in the past so that we can better understand ourselves. We also believe our history is meaningful not only locally, but globally as well. We have designed a new way of capturing history and we want this to reach new audiences too.

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Click videos below to watch a couple of examples of our stories.

Stories in Production

Ghosts and Gypsies - Mt Kembla Story.

In 1902 96 men and boys were killed during the Mt Kembla Coal Mining Disaster. One family felt the effects long after the disaster. "yes we saw her, she would come into the room at night time, she was a ghost, it was grandma". Ruth Rogers, and her family knew her grandmother would come to the room to see her late son who was killed in the disaster. One day when gypsies came to town to sell flowers and other trinkets, the gypsy refused to walk in the house and told the family how to get rid of the ghost... did it work?.

OWEN GUN - Tongarra Museum

The Owen Gun may have saved thousands of Australian lives during WWII and it was invented here in Wollongong. In this unique short film, we speak to family members of Evelyn Owen and reveal how the guns went from concept to distribution and the ups and downs.

CURSED - Mt Kembla Story

Mrs Dungey lost her husband in the 1902 disaster in the most horrific circumstances. When the union asked her to identify the body, she was traumatised as her husband's head rolled away from the body. She then lost 2 sons in the first world war. Another son in the second world war and another child choked to death. Every Anzac day, Mrs Dungey would catch the last train to Central, sit at the train station all night, wait until sunrise and then walk to the Anzac Commemorations.

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About Yesterday Stories

At Yesterday Stories we believe history is important and that our past weaves (or links) itself easily to our present. It affects us today in ways we don’t even know. We believe it is important to know what has happened in the past so that we can better understand ourselves. We also believe our history is meaningful not only locally, but globally as well. We have designed a new way of capturing history and we want this to reach new audiences.

Our main audience is tourists - to help them know more about our area. Our website will also serve as a platform for community building on shared histories and will be used in schools throughout the Illawarra. To guarantee an audience we’ve partnered with Lost Wollongong and with their 13,500+ members, we are sure to reach a lot of people. Plus, we know there are over 20,000 people in the Illawarra alone engaged in social history online platforms! Take a look at their website https://www.facebook.com/illawarraheritage

We are serious about history and we hope you too find it important.

Our Website & App

So we’ve designed a new way of capturing history and we want to reach new audiences too. Basically, our team of professional storytellers will tell 200 varied and interesting stories of the Illawarra 2-3 minutes long that will feature on our website and mobile app.

The app will work in situ which means that if you go to the lighthouse you will be able to see the closest films to you.

Be assured that our team is dedicated to telling history in new and innovative ways. Ourteam members have produced history documentaries for broadcast, online, and for museums. They have also been awarded a National Trust Heritage Award and been finalists for the Premier’s History Awards. We know this project will leave a legacy and will be used within local schools for decades to come.

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