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Collective Isolation Project, week 21: Our legacy

A grandfather sits at a table with his preschool-aged granddaughter
11 September 2020

Our time has come. 

Our roadmap to 'COVID Normal' for work, education and living is laid out before us, setting our path.

And, after 21 fascinating and revelatory weeks, this is our final Memory Bank question. 

Thank you for your contributions to Memory Bank: The Collective Isolation Project.

All your photos, creations and posts on your everyday observations – from the contents of your fridge to portraits of our frontline heroes and iso hairstyles – will build a rich archive and collective memory of what life is really like during these days and months.

It's in this forward-looking spirit that we offer our final question.

This week, tell us: what do you want people in 100 years from now to know about this time?

Share your response at our Facebook Memory Bank group and tag us with #SLVMemoryBank.

Although we won't be publishing weekly prompts after this, our Facebook group will remain open for you to share, comment and stay in touch with each other through this period.

About this image

This photo of Ken Jordan and his granddaughter Caroline was taken by Alan K Jordan (Caroline's father and Ken's son) in the '60s.

Alan Jordan, born in Dimboola, was a social researcher and gifted photographer. His study on homeless men and women in Victoria, Going bad: Homeless men in an Australian city is a seminal work on the topic and, together with Alan's work at Fitzroy's Hanover House, helped to shift public attitudes towards homelessness.

Alan lived with his young family in inner-Melbourne. Many of his images show Fitzroy and Carlton's streets, buildings and residents during a period of change in the 1960s and 1970s, as working-class homes were demolished for freeways and housing commission flats, or renovated and gentrified.

He also documented his family and friends at dinner parties, camping, fishing and visiting his family farm in the Wimmera.

A collection of Alan's photographs was donated to the Library in 2010 by his daughters Louisa and Caroline (pictured above at age four and a half). Almost 1000 of Alan's images are digitised and available to view online, and provide a wonderful time capsule of Victoria's social history.

How to respond

Please feel welcome to respond as creatively or literally as you wish.

If you contribute, we may contact you to discuss collecting and using your images, stories, objects and experiences. We may not be able to accept everything, but we will endeavour to do so! With your permission, your contributions may be added to the State Collection or used in future Library programs.

About The Collective Isolation Project

The Collective Isolation Project aims to cement this current moment in history, and is our inaugural Memory Bank campaign.

Find out more about Memory Bank, including details about how to contribute each week.

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