Cooee /ku:'i:/ a shout used in Australia, a means of re-uniting those separated, to help to find or bring somebody home - in this case, to help connect us with the past.
Commissioned histories, including biographical, can be of any length and involve small or large scale research efforts, often in collaboration with the client. Histories often come about because of a major anniversary of an individual or organisation. Commissioned histories do not have to be for publication and may well be written for a small audience. Others can be long-term, significant projects. They are all tailor-made.
Oral histories recover the stories of people’s lives in their own words and can provide invaluable insights into historical events and personalities. Transcripts of interviews can be provided in hard copy and digital formats.
Cooee is practised at conducting historical events of all kinds such as commemorations, anniversaries, remembrances, book launches, cemetery tours and orations- supported and enhanced by historical re-enactment if and when required.
Cooee team members have convened State and national conferences.
Cooee is experienced in curation and production of interesting and innovative small exhibitions and displays.
The history and heritage experience can be enhanced by insightful and attractive interpretation. Cooee has developed commemorative and memorial plaques, panels, boards and inscriptions. Its interpretation of historical themes for small exhibitions has been insightful and fresh.
Thorough research provides the accurate historical data essential to presenting the facts in the true light of the day, and that data is mined from a wide variety of primary and secondary sources in State and National Archives, libraries, historical associations and from individual and family records. Maps, images, property records and wills, service and pay records, letters, newspapers and oral histories can all provide valuable pieces of the history and heritage mosaic.
Cooee offers a wide range of integrated technology services and consulting using the latest technology to bring the past to life. Using web, interactive, video technologies or a combination, Cooee can created a dynamic tech solution from start to end.
Cooee has several projects in development, including a documentary on the compelling story of military medicine from the Boer War to World War 2.
Cooee consultants can provide quick and accurate historical research to support scripts for film and television documentaries.
Cooee can develop and manage archival collections, personal papers and disposal of records. This work includes the cataloguing of small collections and digitisation of collections. This is the essential pre-work for assessments of collections as well as writing history, preserving it for future generations.
Cooee also provides significance assessments of collections as well as process reports to assist organisations to better manage and preserve their heritage assets more effectively.
Cooee historians have a range of publications to their credit and understand what is required to present a properly prepared manuscript for its target audience, whether that be in a printed or web-based format. All editorial work is completed to an academic standard. Cooee only works with professional graphic designers, photographers and web designers to produce any manuscript in its best light.