In the blood

Documentary maker Andy Drewitt interviews five people from the local community, Cheryl Mullens, Janey Runci, Keith Callinan, Uncle Vincent Peters and Roger Archbold and explores what ANZAC means to the to them; our current generation.

Each have a unique story to tell in these visually based oral histories, as they describe their blood connections with the ANZAC legacy.

The documentary brings tales of love, loss, humour, happiness and memories.

Exhibition opening

Please join us for the exhibition celebration and afternoon tea on Saturday 21 April. from 2pm to 4.30pm.  

Remarks by the Mayor of Maroondah, Cr Nora Lamont, in ArtSpace at Realm, followed by personal reflections from Janey Runci and Uncle Vincent Peters, whose stories are included as part of In the Blood.

RSVPs are essential. To RSVP, email

This project has been supported by the Department of Veteran Affairs, ANZAC Centenary Grant.

About Andy Drewitt

Andy Drewitt is a filmmaker, photographer and journalist living in Maroondah. His work has been published and exhibited in Australia and internationally, and has been recognised with awards including two Walkleys and a United Nations Media Peace Prize.

The stories

Keith Callinan, Honorary Secretary of Maroondah Brass Band Inc
In the words of Keith, his grandfather William Riley, ‘craved a beer and a smoke and went AWOL. Was detained my military police, and missed-out on Australia’s most infamous battle, Gallipoli’.

Uncle Vincent Peters, Indigenous elder and member of Yeng-Gali Mullum Mullum
Uncle Vin’s grandfather Vincent Peters was captured by the Japanese during WWII and died while building the Thai-Burma railway. His body was buried near the notorious Death Railway and Uncle Vin tells the story of his grandpa’s spirit coming home to rest.

Roger Archbold, Maroondah resident
Roger’s great uncle Stanley Archbold was working on the family farm at Wycheproof when WWI broke out. He drew lots with his brothers to see who’d enlist, and drew the short straw.

Cheryl Mullens, Maroondah resident
Cheryl’s grandfather Albert Victor Perkins found himself charged for a crime he said he didn’t commit; his family suspected that he was framed by Melbourne gangster, Squizzy Taylor. Regardless, the magistrate bought the story, giving him a choice: prison or war.

Janey Runci, granddaughter of Bill and Doris Scurry, formerly of Croydon
As a child, Janey Runci longed to feel closer to her grandparents but felt they were lost behind their experiences of war: her grandmother Doris had served as an army nurse and her grandfather William invented the self-firing drip rifle that saved many lives at Gallipoli. After they died she discovered her grandfather’s war letters and was inspired to write about her grandparents, which helped build understanding and connection.