Our town Mornington: the struggle for community and place

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Vivienne Nicholson completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2009. The topic of her thesis was ‘Grassroots Activism: Cost or Benefit’. In the 1990s she was part of a local community activist group formed to oppose a planning proposal for the then rural seaside town of Mornington which it believed threatened the town’s sense of community and place. In her talk, Vivienne will examine that particular period in Mornington’s history when many of its residents acted to preserve the character of the township. The narrative offers an insight into the nature of democratic process under the Kennett government’s radical transformation of Victoria at the time.

For the past seven years Vivienne has worked as an Oral Historian on a project, ‘Telling Tales’ which aims to ensure that the unique stories of older residents in local Victorian communities are preserved to strengthen both a sense of community and place.



  • Monday, 16 September 2019 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM