Memory and Narrative in Digital Media Documentary
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When a shoebox is given to an elderly woman its contents provide answers for many questions that have remained unanswered for the majority of her life. It also provides the impetus for her to discover more. I accompanied her on some of this expedition and parts of that journey are revealed in this thesis and in the accompanying creative work – a website1 housing (i) an interactive digital documentary prototype titled The Shoebox, (ii) an audio dramadocumentary titled Everything Changes, (iii) an interactive online map, and (iv) explanatory pages of story, research and process. The creative work tells the biographical story of Heather, who was born in the wheat fields of the Wimmera in central-western Victoria, Australia in 1930. Orphaned at just ten-years-of-age, Heather and her two older sisters were placed in a series of boarding houses hundreds of kilometres away from their extended family. Over sixty years later, by happenstance, Heather is given a shoebox that has been stored in a shed for more than half a century. Through this chance encounter she is united with family archives, which have been preserved intact for over five decades. The documents contained in this shoebox clarify many details of Heather’s unknown history yet they also open up a number of other mysteries.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Humanities
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This thesis has not been published as it contains private personal material relating to and belonging to individuals who have not formally given consent for publication. Exemption from digital deposit of this thesis has been granted.