- About the Documentarian
have worked as an audio engineer for over fifteen years.
When I landed a job at a radio station known then as EON
FM, later becoming Triple M, I discovered the wonderful
world of audio and knew that this was what I wanted to do.
Radio wasn't necessarily 'it' for me, but this was where
I first became fascinated with the art of putting sounds
together, layering and weaving them in the quest to create
something appealing, interesting and perhaps exciting. The
possibilities seemed boundless.
radio, I ended up in the advertising industry creating soundtracks
for TV and radio commercials. I continued to work in this
area for over five years and it was during this time that
I met my husband. It wasn't until I had children and stepped
out of the advertising industry, that I found the opportunity
to work on some projects of my own. As my husband is also
an audio engineer, it wasn't difficult to talk him into
the idea of building a studio at home. This was it for me;
I could now spend any free time I had in the studio creating
brings me to 'High Country Life' and how it became one of
my 'projects'. From it's beginning, there was no real plan.
It was a project born out of my love for riding horses,
my great interest in audio and a conversation I had with
Charlie Lovick. I have known Charlie, his wife Glenda and
their family for close to ten years. They taught me how
to ride in the bush and have given me a greater appreciation
and respect for it. I've gone back to ride with them countless
times and spent many nights around campfires talking, listening
to stories and experiences of their life and history in
the high country.
three years ago now, as Charlie and I sat by a crackling
fire next to the Howqua River, we spoke about family history.
I asked Charlie if he had ever written down any of the remarkable
stories and memories he had stored in his head. 'Nope",
he replied. The Lovicks have a history rich in tradition
with uncounted tales of human spirit, perseverance, heroism,
skill and daring. For seven generations they have run their
cattle in Victoria's high country. It was a history that
I felt should be documented. I suggested to Charlie that
perhaps I could bring my recording gear with me when I came
to visit. I would record the campfire chat and gradually
collect these accounts with the intention of passing them
on to the Lovicks as a record of their family history.
time progressed, I began carrying my recording gear with
me everywhere, including on horseback to some fairly treacherous
areas. Over a period of almost two years, I gathered close
to 35 hours of recordings. It became obvious that I needed
to do some sorting out, to put it all into some kind of
order and format. I sifted through and chose the stories
that I thought gave a good insight into the life and history
of the Lovick family. As I continued to edit, the project
continued to evolve and as I wove the stories together with
music that evokes a strong sense of actually being there,
I soon realised that it had become more than an audio documentation
of the Lovicks. "High Country Life" provides an
insight into the way of life of the many mountain cattle
families of Australia.
the completion of "High Country Life" coincided
with the end of alpine grazing in Victoria. Cattle that
have grazed there over the past 100 summers have been barred.
With the loss of their traditional way of life, the Lovicks
and other mountain cattle families are forced to seek other
ways of life and with this we lose a direct link to our
pioneering heritage, historical information and vital local
feel now that I've captured and preserved not only the history
of one family but also a precious part of our nation's history,
before it fades away, before there's nobody left to tell
it first hand.