100 years of love

100 Years of Love celebrates the lives and loves of three lesbian couples who have collectively been together for almost 100 years. The women have much to teach us about love. They have lived through times when their sexuality was not respected and their relationships have never been publicly or formally recognised or celebrated.

This project is about three lesbian couples living in rural Victoria, who have lives filled with love. It is a project about same sex relationships, ageing, family, friends and community. It acknowledges history, lesbophobia and the journey to find a place where love grows.

Three celebrations will take place over a 12 month period involving friends, family and community. A film produced from the celebrations will help to build understanding of and respect for same sex relationships.

The first celebration, the Circle of Love – celebrating Edie Mayhew and Anne Tudor’s relationship was launched in July 2017. See media release 100 Years of Love – Media Release

Sandy Anderson & Helen Carrucan

Congratulations to Sandy and Helen – who are getting married after 25+ years together. Below is an article printed in Unwind (Ballarat Courier), in 2006 celebrating their relationship. More information coming soon.

Edie Mayhew & Anne Tudor

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Photo: (c) Lisa White thesocialphotographer.com.au

When we got together 33 years ago we kept it pretty quiet. It was a very different world back then. You didn’t tell people you were lesbian. We were in love – but we’ve never formally celebrated our love with family and friends because we didn’t feel it was okay to do so. Now that time is running out for us we want to celebrate with the people we love.

Recommitment ceremony

We celebrated our relationship in a recommitment ceremony with family and friends at a private event in September 2017. In the build up to the ceremony we invited family and friends to help celebrate our relationship by sharing a story about our life and relationship. The responses blew us away. Thank you to everyone who shared their messages of support.

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The City of Ballarat engaged photographer Jeremy Bannister to take photographs at our ceremony. The photos are beautiful and we want to share some with you here.

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We also invited people attending the ceremony to write their messages of support to us. These messages are beautiful to read – and they help Edie to remember what a wonderful time we had.

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Our film

Our recommitment ceremony was  filmed by Andy Ferguson from Fergusonfilms as part of Victorian Senior’s Festival. The film is moving and we shared it with family and friends and the Ballarat community at a screening at MADE in Ballarat. Feedback on the film has been very powerful – see people’s responses below. So we have submitted the film to the Australian Human Rights Arts and Film festival and the Queer Film Festival in San Fransisco. Once we have an outcome of these submission we will be able to share the film with you here on the webpage. The film is now part of our annual series called: Pulse of My Heart.

Marriage Equality 

Two months after our recommitment ceremony, there was a postal vote in Australia on Marriage Equality – and Australia said YES. From January 9th 2018 same sex couples were able to marry. We decided to marry.

Partnership

The Circle of Love was presented by Edie Mayhew and Anne Tudor and coordinated by Celebrate Ageing (incorporating Alice’s Garage) and the City of Ballarat as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival. For more information on 100 Years of Love please contact:

  • Dr Catherine Barrett
  • Phone: (03) 9534 0060
  • Email: director@celebrateageing.com