Celebrate Living History Australia

Stories connecting generations. Visit our website Stories read by founder of Celebrate Living History Bev Wilkinson.

To celebrate the new year we are delving into stories our student interns have created over the years. Today we revisit Stella Wilkie- 100 years and counting by Kate Grant. 

Stella Wilkie with her letter of congratulations from the Queen for reaching the impressive milestone of a hundred years. Stella has lived a rich, full life and there is still no stopping her. When asked what she was going to do next, without missing a beat she replied, “Me? Get married.”
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1915, Stella has made her way from humble beginnings to having travelled the world, taking in everything she could along the way. Above all she values telling the truth, good or bad, and common sense - something she has plenty of I’d say after a hundred years.
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This week we visit Alderly Queensland Australia and chat with Donna Ferguson who founded Unique Vibrations a business focussed on lifting the self confidence of women. If Donna could give advice to the younger generation it would be to have a plan. "Don’t expect your idea to be successful overnight, be resilient, be consistent and persistent at all times. Never give up, take your work seriously, do your due diligence, research your market, know your client fluently and be patient," she says.
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Today we meet Ross Marais who founded More Time Financials on the Gold Coast. An older person Ross admires is Warren Buffet. "Not so much because of his investment track record but rather how modest he is and the way he presents himself. He is one of the wealthiest people in the world yet stills lives in the same house he brought in 1958 and drives a car worth $45,000," he says.

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We meet Terry Chadban who came out of retirement to create Port Macquarie Online Marketing to help small businesses master the internet. Some of the most important lessons he has learnt in life comes from his Grandmother. "My grandmother taught me a very valuable lesson very early on in my life. When I was eight or nine she gave me an autograph book, and in it she wrote the following message for me, which I have never forgotten, and always try to uphold, both in my personal life, and also in business: “Always say what you mean, and always mean what you say”. Sometimes telling people the plain truth about their business upsets them, but when they realise that the advice is meant to help them rather than criticism of their baby, they usually get over it and take the advice, to their benefit," he says.
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Today we meet Jing Zhu who is running her own practice as a Victorian barrister. An older person she admires is her grandfather.
"My grandfather is the person I admire the most in the world. He lived through very difficult times when he was young, growing up in rural China, near Shanghai," she says
"Despite being a brilliant student, he was only able to receive very limited formal schooling before being called to perform work, out of necessity and a love of providing for his family.
Later on, after my parents and I immigrated to Australia, my retired grandfather came to Australia, a land whose land and customs he wasn’t familiar, to take care of me while both my parents worked full-time. Despite being 65 he had a passion for learning, was an active member of the local community and always making friends in English class. I even remember his making friends with a lovely British ex-pt by the name of Rose. His never-complaining attitude, hard work and tenacity to continue to inspire me to this day."
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Today we meet Ian Oliver who is CEO of National Training in South Melbourne Australia.

If Ian could give advice to the younger generation it would be to not be afraid to change careers or jobs, "You should always be able to learn something new everyday,"he says

"Don’t be afraid to do someone else’s job especially someone who reports to you, maybe they have gone on holidays for a couple of weeks, you will often be amazed at what you discover and what you thought was happening is often not the case,"

"It is extremely difficult to change employee’s habits and preferences. Retraining, reskilling or change management is one of the hardest and misused process’s in management."

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Today we meet Angela Rodgers who founded her own Business to business copywriting business.

An older person that she admires is her great grandma. "My Great Grandma was pretty cool, she made it to 102. I don’t just admire her for her longevity though. She was a feisty lady and raised four small children on her own after her husband died. She just got on with life, made the most of things, and was always super practical," she says.

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Today we visit Seattle Washington and chat with Reza Khastou who is founder of The Polytech a private school for students in grade 11-12.
If Reza could give advice to the younger generation it would be to try to become self-actualised.
"This is such an important accomplishment and I spend much of my time trying to help young people figure out who they are and what they want their role in the community to be. It is very powerful when they decide their own role, and don’t feel they are a victim of their circumstances or the world outside," he says.
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Today we meet Chantelle de la Rey who is part of the team at Amber one of the most exciting tech firms on the rise. An older person that Chantelle admires is Coco Channel.
"For a small woman, Coco had a lot of strength; her drive and passion gave women the freedom to dress in comfort or for style. Coco gave woman around the world an option to express and identify them selves through clothing. Coco started a massive movement towards women’s rights."
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Today we chat with Michael Sloan who is the founder of The Successful Investor which focusses on helping people plan for retirement. If Michael could give advice to the younger generation it would be to put 10 percent of your disposable income into something that will grow in value.
"Get into the property market as soon as you can. But don’t leave yourself in a vulnerable position by doing so. Don’t be afraid of good debt, leverage your assets carefully to get ahead, and remember this, once you have debt, pay it off as soon as you can. Debt reduction is the only guaranteed wealth creation strategy there is."

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