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: Susan Faine is a consulting historian, curator and collection manager. Interested in the lives of ordinary people, Susan has worked in community museums and on community heritage projects most of her professional life. She is interested in intangible heritage and material culture, and how the two can be used together to give us insights into all sorts of aspects of our social history and culture.

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: Ken Berryman was the first Melbourne manager appointed by the National Film and Sound Archive and was also responsible for producing a number of its regional archival video compilations. He was manager of the Archive’s Oral History Program for 10 years and, as a freelance interviewer, continues to record commissioned interviews for this Program by arrangement.

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:

Rewind Editor: Halina Nowicka has intermittently interviewed people in Indonesia who had spent time in the Dutch colonial political prisoner camp at Boven Digul in West Papua before World War II. Currently chairman of the Museum of Indonesian Arts she hopes to inaugurate a collection of oral history recordings with people who have connections with Indonesia.

Event Program Co-ordinator (joint): Rochelle Lade is a PhD candidate at Swinburne University undertaking an oral history of one of Melbourne’s finest community radio stations, PBSFM. Research interests include the interactions between the political, cultural and historical in community. Rochelle’s professional experience means that she brings over 10 years of event, marketing and project management experience to OHV.

Event Program Co-ordinator (joint): 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/

Event Program Co-ordinator (joint): Michael Green is a journalist and the co-editor of They Cannot Take the Sky, an oral history book and exhibition about Australian immigration detention. He is the host of The Messenger podcast, which won a Walkley Award in 2017. He has written for Harper’s Magazine, Nature Climate Change, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Overland Journal, among others. 

Website and Social Media:  Jessica Ferrari is an experienced journalist and documentary maker who has been making film and television content for over fifteen 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.

Publicity: 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.

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.

Regional Outreach: Ron Lambert is a Gippsland boy and lives in Moe. His interest in Oral History was sparked in 1986 with his contribution to recording the stories of people from Yallourn for the Art and Working Life project, “The Yallourn story”. Ron has lead a rich life working in a range of occupations. Ron is a PhD candidate at Federation University. He has a loving family and listens to a lot of music.

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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