Rosalindo’s Story

In 1973, Rosalindo Cerda and his family escaped Pinochet’s brutal regime in Chile. They migrated to Australia in 1973. He has contributed enormously to his adopted country and has assisted many other migrants to make the sometimes difficult transition to life in Australia. This is the second film in our Faces of Frankston documentary interview series.

Frank’s Story

This is the first of our documentary interviews with prominent Frankston migrants.

Frank’s Story
Frank Cannizzo was born in Sicily in 1931 and came to Australia in 1949. He has been a tireless communty worker, who is responsible for establishing the Frankston Multicultural Centre and the Frankston Italian Seniors’ Club.

Frankston Multicultural Community Network documentary project

Whitewater Documentaries is proud to have been commissioned to create a series of migrant memoirs from the Frankston area.

The Frankston Multicultural Community Network is a local community organization aimed at representing the views and interests of Frankston’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

This project will document  the stories and experiences of some of Frankston’s elder migrants.

We will initially produce 5 x 30-minute documentary interviews with prominent Frankston migrant personalities.

We have developed a website for the project and will upload interviews as they are completed.

You can view our progress here

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Greta and Lionel

An interview with the two oldest surviving members of Mt Eliza’s Ranelagh Club.

The couple moved to Mt Eliza in the early 50s after Lionel had returned from war service with Australian forces in the Pacific. Lionel served in the Philippines, Kokoda, and Japan. In this film, Lionel and Greta recall some of the highlights from the Ranelagh Club.

Large turnout for Longshot event at Ranelagh Club

Over 120 people attended a successful Project Longshot information afternoon at the Ranelagh Club, in Mt Eliza on Saturday,

Project Longshot is the mission the find the first Allied shot of the Great War: a 40 kilogram steel shell that Australian forces fired at the German cargo ship SS Pfalz from Fort Nepean on August 5th, 1914

The two-hour presentation introduced the First Shot story to Ranelagh Club members and guests from across the community.

Ranelagh Club president Lawrence Henderson opened the day with an emotional tribute to the Ranelagh Club’s longest-serving member and Kokoda veteran, Lionel Smith, before former Victorian Premier and Chair of the Victorian Anzac Day Committee, Mr Ted Baillieu spoke about his passion for Melbourne, its history and the global significance of the first shot.

Major Bernie Gaynor, Chair of the First Shot Committee eloquently recounted the events of August 5th, 1914 and entertained the audience with his enthusiasm and  knowledge of  the first Allied shot of the Great War.

He described the ill-fated life of the  SS Pfalz. After Australian forces seized the ship, the Pfalz became the HMAT boorara and served as an Australian troop-carrier in the Dardanelles and the North Sea. She was twice torpedoed and ended her life as a shipwreck off the Vancouver coast.

Margaret Robinson, grand-niece of Montgomery Robinson, the Australian pilot who allegedly scuffled with German captain Kuhiken for control of the Pfalz, shared some papers and cartoons of her famous relative with audience members.

Ken Penaluna, Grandson of gunner Edward Quirke, also attended with memorabilia.

Mount Eliza Secondary College students Harry Maxwell and Josh Daly built an information display for the event, centrepiece of which was a beautiful replica shell that Josh Daly and his grandfather made during the recent school holidays.

Project Longshot Team Leader Mark Ryan outlined a timeline for the mission and spoke about the technical difficulties of searching for a small object in such a vast area and the equipment they will need to find a six-inch shell under a metre of sand. Mr Ryan is founder of Souther Ocean Exploration, Australia’s moct successful shipwreck discovery team.

Filmamker Terry Cantwell spoke about the importance of local stories and closed the day with a call for community involvement in Project Longshot.

On August 5th, 2014 a special commemorative event will be held at Point Nepean fort, which is open to all Australians.


Project Longshot

The First Shot Event at Point Nepean

The Ranelagh Club