Oral history animation—YCW Waltons campaign

Melissa Walsh and Judy Hughes met on an oral history project about the Young Christian Workers (YCW), a Catholic youth movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Melissa was running the project and Judy was a volunteer interviewer.

Keen to give another life to the material generated in the project, Judy and Melissa decided to produce a series of short videos. Using audio, illustration and animation, each video highlights a YCW campaign. The first, commended in the OHV 2015 Innovation Awards, focussed on the 1967-1972 road safety campaign can be viewed by clicking here.

The second, The Waltons campaign (featured below), was released in December 2016.

Judy and Melissa are developing two more videos in 2017.

Melissa completed a PhD at The University of Melbourne using oral history to explore the lives of contemporary Australian Rules football followers and since 2013 has been the coordinator of the YCW Archive and Research Centre.

 Judy is a journalist and communications professional who is about to complete a Master of Arts thesis with Monash University in which she uses oral history to explore the experience of Melbourne journalists living through change from 1975 to 2015.

Outback oral history in the 1960s

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, as a journalist for the ABC,  John Francis began recording people in Outback South and Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Many were elderly, living mostly in remote communities or in isolation, working as prospectors, on stations or in virtual ‘ghost towns’.

John Francis in 1989 recording a radio documentary at Mount Tom Price, Western Australia.


After ‘another lifetime’ in newspapers and magazines John is once again recording, this time using video. In his video blog (vlog) below, John discusses a journalist’s approach to recording oral history, reflects on his experiences and includes samples of interviews.

John Francis specialises in producing personal and family life histories at Let’s Remember This: www.letsrememberthis.com.