Telling your stories - Inner West COVID-19

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Council's Library and History Services is collating a COVID-19 community archive of stories, anecdotes, artworks and images from Inner West citizens.

Contemporary accounts by everyday people will help future historians make sense of this major life event.

The archive will act as a 'snapshot' of the Inner West in lockdown - what it was like, how our world changed and how people were affected.

Contributions closed on 31 May 2020. We are currently collating the contributions ready for judging. The 40 best contributions will win a $50 Visa debit card. See the Terms and Conditions for details.


What happens next

Council's Library and History Services is collating a COVID-19 community archive of stories, anecdotes, artworks and images from Inner West citizens.

Contemporary accounts by everyday people will help future historians make sense of this major life event.

The archive will act as a 'snapshot' of the Inner West in lockdown - what it was like, how our world changed and how people were affected.

Contributions closed on 31 May 2020. We are currently collating the contributions ready for judging. The 40 best contributions will win a $50 Visa debit card. See the Terms and Conditions for details.


What happens next

The public archive will become part of the permanent collection at Inner West Council's Local Studies Collection and help tell our stories to future generations, who will use the contents to understand how the community dealt with the pandemic.

Instructions

  • To add your story, photo or video clip, just start typing in the title box, you don't have to register. We do require a screen name and email address. 
  • If you're already a registered member of this site you will be asked to log in.
  • The screen name may appear on your post but your email address is kept private. 


Please comment, like and share

The project is monitored and we will not publish material which contravenes the Terms and Conditions.  Inappropriate comments will be removed in line with the Moderation policy.


Format information*  

Photo format: Jpeg
Quality: High Quality
Size: 2MB-10MB
Provide a caption or brief explanation in the title box
Add the photographer's name 

Video format: MP4
Length: Up to 60 seconds. If you want to contribute a longer video clip contact
Amie.Zar@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
02 9392 5817
Provide a caption or brief explanation in the title box
Add the videographer's name

Text only story
Provide a caption or brief explanation in the title box
Add the author's name

Artwork
Provide a title or brief explanation in the title box
Add the artist's name
Add the medium

*We ask for the name so your material is properly attributed to you in the public archive. We may contact you to find out more information.


Having issues posting or uploading?

Contact the Engagement Team engagement@innerwest.nsw.gov.au 

Thank you for your contribution. 

Our Library History Team will be collating your contributions into a public archive of stories and images to reflect the experiences of the Inner West community during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. If you and your material is eligible it will be judged as part of the prize competition.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project. Contributions have now closed on this site.
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    Innerwest HSC-er

    by hicsha, 5 months ago

    I approached my last year of high school and HSC at the start of 2020 with enthusiasm. My life and learning method dramatically changed at the end of March. My learning abruptly became virtual and everyone had to simply find a method that worked for them. It was a scary, fragile time for us young people. Our show had simply to go on.

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    Family Isolation Going-ons_April 2020

    by hicsha, 5 months ago

    What our family of 6 did in the 2020 Lockdown.

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    'Time in the garden' - hand made watercolur using plant pigments from home

    by Emma Simmons, 5 months ago

    I am an illustrator based in Summer Hill at Sweets Workshop . I am usually out and about illustrating iconic landscapes or people's homes around the inner west, however during lockdown, like everyone else I've been spending much of my time at home in the garden. Some of the blooms we had flowering in the garden had such lovely colours and I was wondering what the pigment would be like if I put it to paper. I created my own plant based watercolour (which our daughter helped with) from our house plants and tried to capture a part of our... Continue reading

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    Isolation Ephemeral

    by Rachel Honnery, 5 months ago

    For the past 54 days I have been creating a street artwork from nature: leaves, flowers, sticks etc. The aim was to make something local and beautiful for the community. Each day I upload them for the Summer Hill Community Facebook page. It has been a wonderful thing to give but also, I have received kindness in return.

    If you want to see more images check out the Summer Hill Facebook page or visit my Instagram account rachelhonnery_artist






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    Pizza Dude Diary of a Superhero in COVID Lockdown Comic Book

    by John D-C, 5 months ago

    I'm an Inner West Illustrator and one half of Sweets Workshop Gallery in Summer Hill. The lockdown gave me a little time to write and illustrate a comic featuring a character I created a few years ago called Pizza Dude. Pizza Dude Diary of a Superhero in COVID Lockdown is a humorous journal of the cheesy costumed superhero The Supreme Pizza Dude’s time in COVID Lockdown. It was written an illustrated by me while under COVID Lockdown. It is suitable for comic fans of all ages and is proudly printed in, Sydney Australia on recycled paper in full-colour.

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    Covid Teddies

    by Graham Maranda, 5 months ago

    This is our Ted at our house. Many houses displayed Ted's for children who walked by to give them a game of trying to spot where Ted is located.

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    Losing Our Ten Year Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business

    by Hannah Collins, 5 months ago

    It was the stuff of nightmares, first the Christmas 2019 fires reduced our pet sitting income to a quarter of our usual income as holiday pet sit, after holiday pet sit was cancelled and then before we could recuperate COVID-19 hit and holidays, weekends away, weddings, social events, life went into lockdown.

    We were now reliant on our dog walking clients, they make up fifty per cent of our business income, and as clients were ordered home to work and could walk their dogs during the day, dog walks began to be cancelled. We were very lucky and very grateful... Continue reading

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    Staying connected on line

    by Philippe, 5 months ago

    During lockdown it wasn't possible to meet with clients, suppliers and business connections in person but the wonders of technology enabled everyone to stay connected on line.

    As a photographer and image creator it was essential for me to convey the same professionalism on line as I did in person so personal presentation and the room surroundings visible via my webcam were important.


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    Listen to the bells

    by StJohn's, 5 months ago

    At St John’s Balmain we wanted to make the church feel open to the community, even when the doors were closed. We created a history app for ANZAC Day, live streamed services, took up a food collection, handed out recipe books for Mother's Day and hundreds of packets of vegetable seeds.

    Most symbolically we rang the bell three times a day, which would be heard across Birchgrove reminding the community that we were praying for them.


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    Black Sky

    by Bones, 5 months ago

    Being disabled and living in a share home has had it's challenges with isolation. I have used my time to work on my art skills. I have Cerebral Palsy and most everyday tasks are challenging. I can express myself with my artwork. My latest piece is called Black Sky.

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