Eyewitness history lesson for students

TELLING the story behind many of Warrnambool’s buildings and historical sites has forged links between secondary school students and senior citizens.

Emmanuel College students Sharnay Paton, 17, Brad Bushell, 17, Amy Jenkins, 16, take a walking tour of Warrnambool’s historic sites with the help of Mary McLeod and Anna Cameron. 140822LP74 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Emmanuel College students Sharnay Paton, 17, Brad Bushell, 17, Amy Jenkins, 16, take a walking tour of Warrnambool’s historic sites with the help of Mary McLeod and Anna Cameron. 140822LP74 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Emmanuel College’s year 11 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students got first-hand accounts about the past roles of historic buildings and sites as part of the development of a walking tour of Warrnambool’s CBD.

History came alive for the students as Archie Graham Centre clients told stories about their working lives in bygone stores such as Younger’s in Liebig Street.

Emmanuel’s applied learning co-ordinator Jenny Konigson said the development of the walking tour gave the students not only a deeper appreciation of some of the city’s period architecture, but also of the way people worked in previous decades.

It also gave them an idea of how the focus of Warrnambool’s CBD changed over the years, Ms Konigson said.

She said Janet McDonald, from the Warrnambool historical society, met with the students and Archie Graham clients and provided historical photos of a number of locations mentioned in the walking tour.

They are shown in the walking tour information alongside how the locations look today.

The walking tour information had been presented to the Archie Graham Centre that expects to use it as part of its walks program.

Ms Konigson said the walking tour was part of the community link project that Emmanuel’s VCAL year 11 program produced each year in conjunction with the Archie Graham centre.

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