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: 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.
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: 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.
Treasurer: 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.
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.
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.
Rewind Editor: Alice Garner is a teacher, researcher and performer based in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her love of oral history was sparked by conducting whole-of-life interviews with Fulbright scholars for the National Library of Australia. Her publications range from 19th-century French social and environmental history to 20th-century Australian and US educational history and memoir.
Events and special projects
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.
Nikki Henningham is an experienced oral history practitioner, having worked for nearly twenty years collecting life history interviews for curation by the Oral History and Folklore section at the National Library of Australia. For nearly three decades Dr Henningham has collaborated with academics, archival professionals and community organisations to discover, promote and preserve women’s archival heritage in all its forms.
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.