Deadly Stories Toowoomba

kuril dhagun’s 2014 Deadly Stories project has definitely uncovered some seriously amazing people and given us the privilege to record their story. Recently, in the small country town of Oakey, a group of local Aboriginal people have participated in this digital video production project. During an intensive eight days of workshop, participants learnt about video recording and editing, operating cameras and interviewing techniques. What they have just recorded and produced has blown my mind.

The aim of the project is to record their local hero and then produce a story on them. There were stories about Indigenous astrology, local histories, bush tukka and more. The result, in this case, was seven people from Toowoomba have shared their story and had it captured on film to be cherished forever.

Participants soon formed a production crew; two camera operators, a sound assistant an interviewer and hit the road ready to record stories of their local heroes. They met with wood artists, sculptures’, university lecturers, historians, a traditional dance group, didgeridoo player, a registered nurse, local Elders and even a famous jockey. Quite an experience.

What I saw nestled away in this cozy outback community are people passionate for their culture and their country. They are keeping culture alive through traditional forms of teaching, dancing and telling stories. Toowoomba’s 12 year old talented didgeridoo player Casey Turnbull is a perfect example of this. His Deadly Story is one of inspiration and family pride. What’s really impressive about Casey is his own personal message he has for the world.



Oakey locals realise now, more than ever, is the time to keep an accurate record of their place in their country. What better way to do it than to record it on film. Every day of the Deadly Stories workshops, our group of participants brought their positive attitude and great ideas along with them. I can see that this small filming project has brought people from Toowoomba, Oakey and Warrick closer together.

These Deadly Stories will be compiled, finalised, printed and presented to the local community in the coming months. They will also be  available online via the State Library website and copies will be given to all Toowoomba Regional libraries for their local studies collection.

Blog written by Lisa Farrawell, Deadly Stories Toowoomba coordinator.