Oral History Victoria

Oral History Victoria, the State branch of Oral History Australia, exists to promote oral history practice and understanding. OHV is run by an elected committee. We are represented on the national OHA executive committee, which is responsible for biennial national conferences and the annual Oral History Australia journal. The OHV committee is a voluntary organisation. We organise a yearly calendar of events which includes training workshops, OHV Innovation Awards, Rewind newsletter for members and this website, containing current national and international oral history content.



President: Francesco Ricatti is Cassamarca Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at Monash University, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Creative Humanities at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has been practicing Oral History since 2008, with interests in migration history, football studies, transcultural studies, the history of emotions, and creative approaches to history. A list of his publications is available: http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/francesco-ricatti/publications/

Vice President: Alistair Thomson is Professor of History at Monash University and the President of Oral History Australia. He was previously President of the International Oral History Association (2006-08) and Professor of Oral History at the University of Sussex. His oral history books include Anzac Memories (1994 and 2013), The Oral History Reader (1998, 2006, 2015 with Rob Perks), Ten Pound Poms (2006 with Jim Hammerton), Moving Stories (2011) and Oral History and Photography (2011 with Alex Freund). Al was Project Leader for the Australian Generations Oral History Project (a National Library of Australia, ABC Radio National and university partnership). Further details at http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/alistair-thomson/

Secretary: Geraldine Fela is a PhD Candidate at Monash University. For her doctoral research she is interviewing nurses from across Australia who worked during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s. She is particularly interested in oral history, labour history and social movement studies. In 2018 her honours thesis, for which she conducted interviews with HIV/AIDS nurses in NSW and Victoria, was awarded the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives thesis prize.

Treasurer: Jodie Boyd holds a PhD in history from Deakin University. She is a volunteer interviewer for the Young Christian Workers Oral History Project, and was a research assistant to the Australian Generations Oral History Project. She has published in the areas of political and economic history as well as in oral history. She was formerly Collections Manager and Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Committee Members:

Membership Co-ordinator: Marie Nunan has a degree in history and has been conducting oral history interviews for over 12 years. Her business Gift of a Lifetime produces substantial audio and video oral histories of individuals. Marie has also branched into business oral histories, ranging from family-owned SMEs including agricultural organisations and wineries, to large corporations. Gift of a Lifetime was a finalist in the 2016 Geelong Business Excellence Awards.

Publicity and Rewind Editor: Judy Hughes is a journalist, historian and communications professional with a love of life stories and multimedia. She has worked in print journalism and government communications and more recently completed a Master of Arts by Research and Coursework with Monash University specialising in journalism history. Judy has been an oral historian since 2003.

Website Manager:  Jessica Ferrari is an experienced journalist and documentary maker who has been making film and television content for over eighteen years. She has produced stories for the ABC and National Geographic. She now runs Memento Media – a video production house that specialises in the celebration and preservation of stories, lives and oral history through documentary.

Social Media: Nicolette Snowden is a PhD candidate working on an oral history project about women in a coal community. Her historical interests are in feminist history, particularly women’s experiences in rural areas. She has worked as a finance journalist and in community development on climate change and sustainability projects. She has taught non-fiction writing, journalism and media analytics in the tertiary sector. Nicolette lives on Gunai/Kurnai land, Gippsland.

Events and special projects

Claudia Craig is a writer, journalist and radio presenter with a passion for history and storytelling.  Her work is underpinned by responsible cultural representation and ethical community engagement. Claudia has a MA in Japanese Cultural Studies (University of London) and works at 3CR community radio in Melbourne. For the past two years she has been interviewing the Wotjobaluk and Gunditjmara descendants of Australia’s first overseas cricketing team.

Elizabeth Triarico is the Manager of the CO.AS.IT Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano and has been working in the museum and cultural heritage sector for over 25 years. She respects and understands the importance of capturing and sharing stories and is responsible for the development of the Italian Historical Society’s oral history program, which includes over 400 oral histories from the Italian Australian community.

Naomi Frost completed her Master’s degree at Monash University, researching the family histories of second-generation Cambodian Australians in Melbourne. Her thesis centred around oral history interviews that she conducted with the children of Cambodian refugees about their personal journeys to discover and make meaning of their family histories of migration. Her research interests include oral history, refugee and migration histories, diasporic memory, and particularly, the transaction of family narratives between generations.

Our Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of our organisation are to:

  • promote ethical practice and methods of oral history
  • educate in the use of oral history methods
  • encourage discussions on all aspects of oral history
  • foster the preservation of oral history records
  • pursue common objectives and maintain links with other Australian oral history associations through membership of Oral History Australia Inc.
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