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The Royal South Street Story Project

Over the years, thousands of people have participated or been involved in Royal South Street.

Their personal stories and triumphs will be gathered and shared on the commemorative RSSS 125th website and then compiled to produce a ‘memory book’ which will be made available online. Stories will be widely promoted throughout the media nationally, with the view to formally gifting this unique collection to the State Library of Victoria. So if you have a story to tell we would love to her from you. Find out more about how you can Share your story here.

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A STAR IS BORN – FIONA JOPSON, HERALD SUN ARIA WINNER 2015

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Where did life begin for you?
I grew up in the small town of Scone in NSW in the wine and horse region of the Hunter Valley, population 5000. I then moved to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance.

When did you start singing?
As a kid I would sing with my brothers and sisters and then when I was 17 I started singing lessons. It was about that time my teacher asked me if I had thought about singing opera so I went off to see my first opera, and that was it. I was hooked. It was an OZ Opera production and the people who performed that day are people I now perform with, so in many ways, I’ve come full circle.

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125 Logo Designer shares a three generation history with South Street

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Katie Williams has a special link to Royal South Street and an unexpected one. When asked to design our 125 Logo, Royal South Street was unaware of Katie’s long family history and involvement with the competitions which spans three generations.

“My time with RSSS was very memorable for me. I played clarinet in the Symphonic Band for Eltham High School back in the 1990s and we competed at RSSS every year.

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The Story of One Bloke, One Ballet Teacher and Three Daughters

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What does a bloke do when he marries a ballet teacher and has three daughters, all of whom inevitably become involved in ballet too? He can’t beat ‘em so he joins ‘em – and has a lot of fun doing so. It helps, if the bloke also enjoys amateur theatrics. My involvement meant, on various occasions, being requested by Carole Oliver, directress of the esteemed ‘Carole Oliver Ballet School’, to be ‘the male’ in both end of year concerts and RSSS Eisteddfods.

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Share your story

If you have a story about your time with Royal South Street that you would love to share, contact us by either calling us on 5332 1054, posting your story to PO Box 33, Ballarat 3353, emailing us at info@royalsouthstreet.com.au or simply fill out the form below where you can upload your favourite memories of South Street in any format you like – photos, audio snippets and video all welcome.

A selection of stories will be published on the website throughout the year.