How to celebrate your pioneer death
Author Zachary Piona explains how to remember the pioneering doctors of the 1800s, and the lives of their patients.
This year marks the centenary of the founding of the new Pioneers Memorial Church in Victoria, and a new documentary about the church will feature the voices of the men who helped shape Australia’s history.
The documentary is the latest in a string of documentaries and books exploring the Pioneers.
The film will feature interviews with former Pioneers, members of the community and those who have died in hospital.
“We’ve got a lot of stuff in there that you can actually watch and really feel the impact of, which is what makes this project so compelling,” Ms Piona said.
“You’re going to get an intimate look at the people that built this country, the lives that were affected by it, and why that’s important to people in the world today.”
Pioneers’ legacy Ms Pinnace said the film would feature the testimonies of the Pioneer family, and also the voices and memories of the doctors and other medical professionals who helped create a country that today still holds some of the world’s best medical records.
“They all live on, and you can hear their stories through this film,” she said.
Dr John Williams was one of the first doctors to arrive in Australia.
He said he was “not sure what to make of” the documentary.
“I don’t think I’d be able to watch it without feeling a little bit sad and I don’t know what to think,” he said.
Mr Williams, who died in 2011, said his first visit to the new hospital in Perth had been “an emotional experience”.
“I went into the hospital, and it was really exciting, and then the nurses came and helped me wash the towels and the bedsheets and stuff, and they put me on the bed, and I felt really happy,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“And they asked me to put my hand in my pocket and I put it there.
I was like, ‘yes, yes, yes!'”
Dr Williams said he did not think it was appropriate for the public to view the documentary, because he had been an active participant in the program.
“It’s not a documentary about what happened at the hospital,” he added.
“The film is about how we lived at the time and how the people we helped live their lives.”
A film of the documentary will be screened in Perth at the Melbourne Film Festival in early 2018.
Ms Pinsah said the new documentary would also include a “great deal of new footage” that would shed light on the Pioneors’ journey.
“What I’m really excited about is that we’ve got some of these incredible medical images and video that you don’t usually see,” she added.