#1234 The Scallywag and the Saint


Just in time for Christmas, All the Best brings you the story of a very unlikely pair of people— a nun and an ex-criminal— undertaking a very special project for those who face a festival season without love, family or presents. And we find out how the stories of your life could be preserved forever by the National Library of Australia through a new oral history project.

The Scallywag and the Saint
Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock are perhaps as different as two people could get. She’s a no-nonsense nun. He’s a larrikin ex-criminal. But the two of them work together every year to bring a bit of light to those who find Christmas to be the loneliest part of their year. As it turns out, their own story is something of a Christmas miracle.

Find out more about Sister Myree’s work here.

Produced by Kate Montague.
Music: ‘Indian Love Song’  and ‘Kim’s Dirt’ by The Dirty Three; ‘Writing Poems’ by Ludovico Einaudi, from ‘The Intouchables’ soundtrack; ‘Kolapot’ by Amiina; ‘Familiar Ground’ by Cinematic Orchestra.

This is Your Life
Host Georgia Moodie speaks to Nicole Curby from the Australian Generations oral history project about having your own life story preserved by the National Library of Australia for future generations. The project is seeks Australians from the country to the city, from families with a long history in Australia to the recently arrived, to share the stories of their lives.  The project is still looking for people born in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly men of this age!

Follow the project on Twitter, visit them on Facebook, and to participate, get in touch:

PHONE: (03) 9905 2206
EMAIL: kate.e.james@monash.edu
ONLINE: go to www.arts.monash.edu.au/australian‐generations and click on the orange headphones
WRITE: Australian Generations Oral History Project, Department of History, Building 11, Level 6, Monash University, Clayton Campus, VICTORIA 3800

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo and Eliza Sarlos
Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Photo by Kate Montague