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Hunter mother-daughter duo create history with QR codes


Imagine if you could visit a stranger’s headstone and understand how much they meant to their family and friends, what their proudest achievements were, what mark they left on history.

Well, thanks to Leah and Anna at Aeonian Stories, you now can. 

The Hunter mother-daughter duo has created a way to remember the lives of loved ones who have died by scanning custom metal plaques featuring QR code technology. 

It’s called Aeonian, meaning “never coming to an end” or “eternal”. 

It’s fast proving to be a revolutionary approach to remembering treasured family and friends for future generations. 

It was inspired by their own journey in capturing the rich history of their father and grandfather when he passed away. 

This experience emphasised the impact that stories and legacies can have on lives, the importance of recording family history so that it is not lost, and the way that such remembrance can help with the grieving process.  

The Aeonian metal plaque, designed to be attached to headstones, gravestones, monuments and memorials, features a special QR code.  

This unique code, links seamlessly to a secure digital record containing a person’s photo and life story.   

Families can choose to draft their own stories, utilise an existing eulogy, or opt for a supported package where the Aeonian Stories team assists in crafting a life story.  

“Just a few years ago many of us weren’t familiar with QR codes but following COVID we saw an opportunity to celebrate family history and remember our loved ones by embracing this technology,” says Anna. 

“The majority of people have a smart phone and internet connection, with our tasteful plaque that is all you need to connect with the life stories of loved ones.”  

Leah and Anna see great potential in the Aeonian technology. 

Aside from being a memorial for individuals and families, the pair say it could be an opportunity to record key moments and events, and the lives of treasured, famous or infamous characters from rural and regional towns, or an innovative and interactive tourist attraction for areas rich in history but without resources such as a museum.  

“We would love to partner with local councils, cemeteries and historical societies so that we can continue to preserve and celebrate the legacies of this wonderful region – and beyond – for many years to come,” says Leah. 

“Although our headquarters are in the Hunter Valley, our Aeonian plaques can be posted anywhere in Australia.”  

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