Wanted: The Way We Were, is a photo competition being held for the second consecutive year by the City of Melville and aims to collect and uncover the memories of residents through their personal family photo collections.
City of Melville mayor Russell Aubrey said the competition last year revealed some fascinating new information about the way we were in Melville and demonstrated how every individual that lives here unknowingly leaves a legacy for the future.
‘It is always a wonderful and humbling experience to hear stories about generations of past and to see how our history, even recent, has shaped and influenced the Melville we live in today,’ he said.
Local resident Vi Bleakley now aged 94, first came to Australia aged eight with her family in 1927, and has lived in Palmyra since then.
Vi recalls first living in a house located in Adrian Street between Tamar and Zenobia Streets, where her father Fred Sealey planted the pine trees that still stand there today.
Fred himself started off as a truck driver for the Melville Roads Board when there were only five people on staff.
Anyone can enter a photo to the competition, which must be accompanied by a 500 word (maximum) cover story.
With four categories open for entry and no limit to the number of entries from an individual, residents are encouraged to start looking through their old photos now.
The winner of each category will be awarded a $100 shopping voucher.
The four entry categories are:
1. Oldest photo taken in the City of Melville and not previously recorded.
2. Any photo taken in the City of Melville and not previously recorded.
3. Special category – Palmyra.
4. Best story accompanying a photo.
To enter submit an entry form, photo and cover story to firstname.lastname@example.org; drop it off at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon 6154; or mail to City of Melville, Locked Bag 1, Booragoon 6954.
All entries must be accompanied by a signed entry form, which is available to download at www.melvillecity.com.au/wanted. Entries close 5.00pm Monday 7 October 2013. For more information call 1300 635 845 or email email@example.com.