The Pleasant Hill Factory site in Warrnambool that holds so many memories for south-west Victorians has been launched into cyberspace after a hefty gathering of stories.
The Fletcher Jones Stories From Our Community website was launched this week, showcasing a collection of stories, anecdotes and images of Warrnambool’s past and ongoing connection to the iconic material man and his factory.
Project co-ordinator Julie Eagles and a team of 10 have worked for years to gather the stories of the man, the gardens and the iconic silver ball.
The stories now feature online via www.fjstories.org.au
The website includes photos, memorabilia, old newspaper clippings, movies and personal stories.
“It’s a culmination of two years of collecting stories,” Ms Eagles said.
“We know there’s still more material out there and we’re hoping this might prompt people to participate.”
The restoration of Warrnambool’s Fletcher Jones factory has been driven by artists, volunteers and community groups and began with the purchase by Geelong businessman Dean Montgomery.
Stories on the new website are organised in themes and sub-themes and are varied in length.
“We welcome stories, photos and anecdotes that people would like to share about what made Fletcher Jones, the man and the business special,” Ms Eagles said.