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Oral History Victoria Award Presentations and AGM

October 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Image courtesy of State Library of Victoria

Members and friends of Oral History Victoria are invited to attend our presentation evening and AGM at the Royal Historical Society Building on the corner of A’Beckett St and Williams St (opposite Flagstaff station – enter via Williams St entrance).

We’ll start with drinks and light refreshments from 5.30. At 6pm shortlisted applicants for the 2018 OHV Awards will showcase a variety of imaginative and effective uses of oral history, and we will then present the award. After the award presentation, at about 6.30 we will hold the Oral History Victoria AGM, including reports on achievements this past year and plans for the next, and the election of the new OHV Committee. The business should be finished well before 7.30 – so we can socialise and enjoy the refreshments.

All welcome, including guests, though please note that only OHV members can vote at the AGM. Also note that access to the meetings is via a set of stairs.

If you plan to attend, to help us with catering please let us know by emailing: contact.oralhistoryvictoria@gmail.com or filling out the form on the Contact Us page.

Shortlist Nominees

This year the Oral History Victoria Award judges have shortlisted three extraordinary projects, each of which uses personal testimony in creative ways that challenge audiences to think and feel differently about important contemporary issues. They show how innovative oral historians can stretch the boundaries of new and old media to craft intimate life stories into engaging and inspirational histories. The creator/s for each of the shortlisted projects will present their work at the ceremony. 

 The shortlisted nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

 Call Me By My Name Project

Call Me By My Name is a Trans Oral History Podcast by Lee Valentine and Ryan Gustafsson. In a series of moving and insightful podcasts, Lee and Ryan talk with ten trans and gender diverse people in and around Melbourne.  Each narrator talks about their life journey and about their life today. The conversations are poignant and funny, and they illuminate lives and stories that so often go unheard.  Launched in July 2018, the podcasts have been downloaded thousands of time in Australia and worldwide, and an energetic social media presence on several platforms has generated listener feedback that confirms the inspirational and educational qualities of the podcasts. As ‘Serena’ responded, ‘Great honest conversations with real people. I think anyone that is trans or gender diverse will find some parallels with their own journey in each episode, making you realise that you’re part of a wide and beautiful supportive community.’ Listen via: https://callmebymynameproject.com/

Light at the End

Light at the End is an oral history performance work by Rose Turtle Ertler. Rose asked refugees living in Victoria to respond to two intriguing questions, about a moment of light in their life and about what makes you strong. Their responses are crafted into a gripping 23 minute sound show, arranged by narrator and theme, with short musical interludes. In each of a series of productions around regional Victoria, the audience begins seated in the gloom of a railway tunnel, where they listen to the sound show through wifi headphones. Then, as the recording draws to a close, they are invited to walk in time with a bell guiding their footsteps towards the light at the end of the tunnel, where they are greeted by the narrators, to embrace and listen and talk some more. The stories and the performance are uplifting and illuminating.  If anything can open Australian hearts and minds to the real lived experiences of refugees, it is this performance. Listen via http://www.roseturtleertler.com/light-at-the-end.php

The First Friday in February

The First Friday in February is an audio documentary by Kirby Fenwick that tells the story of the first AFLW game, between Collingwood and Carlton in February 2017, though the memories of women who were in the stands. This is a beautifully crafted documentary that tracks the chronology of the event – from the long build up to AFLW, anticipation at the start of the day, travelling to the game amidst throngs of excited fans, then the game – arranged in 4 quarters – and its significance for each narrator, for the game of footy and for women’s equality. Oral history extracts are clustered around particular moments or themes and the layering of memories highlights both shared and different experiences and feelings. As listeners we join the crowd and share the potent emotions of women who have waited for decades for their own equal game, who can hardly believe the size and exuberance of the crowd, who feel the thrill of women’s achievement both on and off the ground. Listen via https://www.firstfridayinfebruary.com/

Oral History Victoria Committee nominations reminder

Any OHV members interested in joining the committee are warmly encouraged to contact the President, Susan Faine (email:contact.oralhistoryvictoria@gmail.com) ahead of the next AGM. The committee workload is shared so that it is not onerous, and that it’s a fun group to work with and from which to learn more about oral history.

OHV’s constitution (which includes the Committee nomination form) can be downloaded by clicking here.



October 25, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Royal Historical Society of Victoria – Lecture Room
Lecture Room, 362 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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