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Returning Home – A Story of Ararat

Ararat – The changing fortunes of a small Australian Town

Ararat – The changing fortunes of a small Australian Town

This was a project I did for the ABC (Australian National Broadcaster) in 2004. It was done in flash format as bandwidth couldn’t handle video back then. This is the first of a four part series that follows the fortunes of the country town of my birth. As flash format is about to become obsolete, […]

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Ararat Region, Australian Travel Video Guide

Ararat Region, Australian Travel Video Guide

Learn about what tourism activities one can do around the Ararat Region. All the people featured in this video, including hosts Jarrod and Karina live in the region. Featured in this video are: The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, Jward, Lake Bolac Eel Festival, Neil Murray, Grampians Lavender Patch, Vines Cafe, Langi Ghiran Winery, Jillian […]

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the bush spirit

Returning Home – A Story of Ararat 4

The Bush Spirit Aussies in the Bush are an ingenious bunch, making the most of every opportunity. Without rural entrepreneurs many country towns would lose their lifeblood. Mark Shea looked at three success stories ranging from manufacturing to farming.

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Returning Home – A Story of Ararat 3

The Turnaround Mark Shea returned to Ararat after living away for fifteen years and was amazed at the turnaround in the Town after the crushing blow of industry shutdown. Through community spirit the Town has managed to find new ways to continue and thrive. Tourism and Training are two initiatives that have helped put the […]

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Returning Home – A Story of Ararat 2

Death of a country town After the Gold Rush, Ararat became a farming district and very much a government town, housing a Mental Asylum, Prison and acting as a railway hub, with lines stretching out in five different directions. Ararat also developed quite a manufacturing industry, particularly with regard to textiles. In the early 1990’s […]

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Returning Home – A Story of Ararat

Returning Home is a series of four short Flash format documentaries about the changing fortunes of Ararat, a small rural town in the Western District of Victoria. Like the Ark – Part One Ararat is the town of Mark Shea’s youth, where his Irish ancestors settled five generations ago as farmers. Ararat was founded by […]

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