Cowra Voices storytelling app was launched in Cowra as part of the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Cowra Breakout in 2019.
Stories about ten key locations of symbolic importance in Cowra history as well as personal stories of five people buried in the Cowra Japanese War Cemetery are included in this app, enabling a more intimate engagement with history. Cowra Voices brings to light stories that remain unknown or unacknowledged, yet belong to all Australians.
The app was nearly four years from inception to completion. Six design students from Tokai University’s Sapporo campus visited Cowra in 2018 as part of their work on Cowra Voices.
The Oral History NSW Community History Award acknowledges the work of individuals or community groups who are recording the histories of their communities. The winner of the award receives $500
The shortlist and winners for the National Trust Heritage Awards are assessed and decided by an independent panel of judges across 12 categories, the Cowra Voices project being shortlisted under the Education & Interpretation category.
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