Welcome to Oral History Victoria (OHV)

OHV is a state member of Oral History Australia (OHA) which began in 1978. OHV nurtures a vibrant and informed oral history community, providing opportunities to learn, discuss, and contribute to this dynamic practice. One of our most important tasks is maintaining a lively calendar of events that excites and engages novice oral historians while also offering cutting edge professional development for those who are experienced. We invite you to become a member or renew your membership and participate in upcoming events, and to consider contributing by being part of our committee. We look forward to having you with us.

What is Oral History?

Oral history is the recording of people’s memories of their unique life experiences.  The recording is a two-way process in which someone shares memories with an interviewer who has carefully planned the recording process and interview.  Oral history preserves  voices, accents and vocabularies of individuals interviewed.  It has an increasingly wide range of uses including historical and social research, family, institution and business histories, radio documentaries and museum displays.

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Dr Melissa Walsh and Elena Balcaite, OHV Symposium, June 2016

Latest News

OHA 2019 Biennial Conference – Call for Presentations

Oral History Australia's next biennial conference will be held at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane on 10 to 13 October 2019  and proposals for presentations are now being accepted. The 2019 Biennial Oral History Australia Conference takes place in our...

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OHV awards

Congratulations to Kirby Fenwick whose audio documentary 'The First Friday in February' took out the 2018 Oral History Victoria Award at our awards and annual general meeting night on 25 October 2018. Kirby's documentary tells the story of the first AFLW game, between...

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