A very happy and productive winter to all.

Let’s start with the OHV business of the day, with some a little late!

Halina Nowicka,


OHV News

Membership renewal time

Thank you for your support of Oral History Victoria this past year. Just in case you missed our earlier call for renewals we are emailing a friendly reminder to encourage you to re-join.

 Current memberships expire on 30 June 2018 and we invite you to renew for the following membership year – July 2018 to June 2019.

To renew your OHV membership visit the OHV website:http://www.oralhistoryvictoria.org.au and go to the membership tab.

Please take a moment to read OHV President, Susan Faine’s letter, reviewing OHV’s successes of this past year and the exciting and informative events planned for the coming year.

If you have any queries regarding your OHV membership, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

With kind regards,
Marie Nunan
OHV Membership Secretary

Member survey results

We’d like to say a big thank you to the members who completed our recent survey. We really appreciate you taking the time to help us better understand your needs.

We’re busy interpreting the findings and working out how best to implement some of the suggestions. However, we’re pleased to be able to act on some of the feedback immediately.

Regional outreach

Some regional members noted that it was difficult to attend events. We do have a regional event planned for Gippsland later this year and hope to offer further regional events in future years.

In response to concerns from regional members about access to events, we’re pleased to be able to offer a regional members discount to attend our upcoming symposium to help subsidise the costs associated with travel. If you are a regional member you are entitled to attend the 29 July symposium at the ‘concession’ rate.

We’re also looking into the possibility of recording the symposium to make some content available to members who can’t attend and to build our online resources.

Please keep in touch

We are always interested in hearing from our members. If you would like to provide further feedback or suggestions please send an email to contact.oralhistoryvictoria@gmail.com. If you are a Facebook user, please ‘like’ our page at https://www.facebook.com/oralhistoryvictoria/

Access the survey results

An overview of the survey results is available on our website:

Events and training

2018 Symposium – Oral History and the Emotions

July 29 @ 10:00 am4:30 pm

Bookings are now open for our 2018 symposium. There’s a snapshot of our fascinating program below but you can get the full program and book your place by visiting our events page: https://oralhistoryvictoria.org.au/event/2018-symposium/

Keynote: Katie Holmes – Recording emotions in the Australian Generations Oral History Project

The other papers at this year’s symposium are:
  • Annabelle Baldwin, ‘And What happened next?’ Revelations of sexual violence in Holocaust testimonies
  • Portia Dilena, Listening against the grain
  • Geraldine Fela, ‘I felt like nurse death’: Australian nurses and the AIDS crisis
  • Miranda Francis, What emotion do mothers leave out when they tell their stories?
  • Francesco Ricatti, Embodying phantasmatic memories of migration: a case study
  • Jordana Silverstein, ‘He died on my watch’: Oral histories of Australian policy-making for child refugees
  • Al Thomson, Indexing Emotion: Joy and shame in oral history
  • 5-minute lightning presentation: Matthew Davis, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West. 

Introductory Workshop: Bringing history to life – an introduction to oral history interviewing

August 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Find our more by visiting our events page: https://oralhistoryvictoria.org.au/event/introductory-workshop-bringing-history-life-introduction-oral-history-interviewing-3/

Advanced Workshop: The interview relationship – challenges in the room

September 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Find our more by visiting our events page: https://oralhistoryvictoria.org.au/event/advanced-workshop-interview-relationship-challenges-room/

Awards, funding and opportunities

The National Library of Australia has just advertised its most senior oral history position: Senior Curator, Oral History and Indigenous Programs. If you’re interested, details are available at: http://nla.nga.net.au/cp/

News from across the country and the globe

New IOHA President is an Aussie

Congratulations to Dr Sue Anderson on being elected President of the International Oral History Association at the biannual conference in Finland last week.

Sue is the immediate past president of Oral History Australia and editor of the OHA Journal.

A lecturer in Indigenous Cultures and Australian Society at the University of South Australia, she has worked for 25 years with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as an oral historian, archaeologist, and cultural consultant.

Her research interests are oral history, Indigenous culture and history, Australian history.

Oral History Australia news

A PhD student in the United Kingdom has asked us to distribute a link to a survey she is conducting on digital tools and ethical dilemmas in oral history. Further information is available on the OHA website at: https://www.oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/article/research-request-from-researcher.

Would you like to join the team producing our national journal? Oral History Australia is currently seeking expressions of interest for the Chair of the Journal’s Editorial Board. Find out more at: https://www.oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/article/vacancy-oha-journal-editorial-board

It’s not too late to get an article in to the 2018 Oral History Australia Journal! The call for papers deadline for peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles has been extended to 30 June 2018. Read more on our national website at https://www.oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/article/oha-journal-cfp-deadline-extended

Global news

The Oral History Society in the UK has issued some guidance in regard to protecting personal data. While the guidance concerns a new regulation covering individuals within the European Union, it may well be of interest to those of us in Australia grappling with similar issues. http://www.ohs.org.uk/advice/data-protection/

Check out the provisional program for the 2018 annual conference of the Oral History Society and the Oral History Network of Ireland. Quite a few Aussies speaking and great theme – Dangerous Oral Histories: risks, responsibilities and rewards. The conference is being held on 28-29 June 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Find the program at http://www.ohs.org.uk/…/u…/OHS_conf2018_prov-prog2-web-1.pdf

Learn more about the Save our Sounds program at the British Library, a huge effort to preserve early at-risk recordings through digitisation. Go to the website at https://www.bl.uk/projects/save-our-sounds or listen to archivist Will Prentice talk about the program on the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0664js7