Dear OHV Members and Friends,

Thanks to the hard work of OHV Committee Members and our Colleagues in NSW and SA here is a nice fat Rewind for June. Some of these have already been communicated to you through other OHV sources but in case you missed something here it is again. Besides, repeating good news twice can only be a positive.



  1. Ideas and Skills Exchange: OHV support group’s first meeting;
  2. OHV Symposium;
  3. President’s Letter and Membership Renewal;
  4. Registration for OHA Conference;
  5. Final Call for Papers;
  6. Selected items from the NSW Newsletter;
  7. Attachment of OHA SA/NT Autumn Newsletter.


  1. 2. Ideas and skills exchange: OHV’s support group’s first meeting

On the evening of Tuesday the 9th of May 2017, OHV held our first “Ideas and skills exchange” support group meeting at The Moat near the State Library of Victoria. The venue was relaxed, the chat flowed about our projects and the issues we’re facing, which included:

  • what to do when an interviewee rewrites their transcript;
  • how to create and archive a permanent record;
  • different types of consent forms;
  • interviewing family members, interviewing elders; and
  • interviewing historians who want to fix all the facts!

Five members attended including:

  • Alistair Thomson (OHV President, Professor of History at Monash University ),
  • Marie Nunan (who’s idea it was – she’s a freelance oral historian working with Barwon Health),
  • Meg Lee (one of group of 8 volunteers at Fitzroy Historical Society recording oral histories with locals), and
  • Kath Travis and Greg Thorpe (who are working on Kath’s three-generational stolen generations family history).

If you’re looking to connect with other Oral History Victoria members, please be sure to check our events calendar for the details of our next meeting.



Museo Italiano, Faraday St, Carlton, Melbourne

Dear Members,

Oral History Victoria is pleased to announce that bookings are now available for the OHV 2017 Symposium.

Presenters at the annual OHV symposium will explore the challenges and opportunities of doing oral history in our digital age. They will consider how evolving technologies are transforming how we create, curate, produce and disseminate oral history; and how the global, online accessibility of digital oral history interviews is impacting the people who share their stories and the historians who work with them.

Speakers and topics:

Keynote: Mike Jones (Consultant Research Archivist, University of Melbourne, Research Associate, Museum Victoria, Freelance Archival Consultant): Preservation, presentation, and possibility: oral histories in a complex age


Alistair Thomson: A new type of oral history book – Australian Lives in the digital era

André Dao and Michael Green: Behind the Wire: sharing risky stories

Rachel Goldlust: Digital homesteading and oral history, what can oral history provide that the internet can’t?

Judy Hughes: Using websites in oral history

John Francis: Oral history recording with digital video

Use this link for further details and to book a place at the symposium:


  1. Renewing your membership – letter from the President – May 2017

I’m writing to urge you to renew your membership in Oral History Victoria (please see the enclosed / attached renewal form). Oral history brings together a wide range of practitioners; that variety is one of the many things I love about oral history. At our recent training workshops, participants have included family members capturing elders’ memories, professional historians creating online histories; community historians recording local stories; care workers creating affirming life stories for people in care, and students discovering the thrill of their first interview and developing exciting new academic oral history projects. We learn from each other, and from the different ways we record, use and disseminate oral histories. Oral History Victoria offers a forum for that learning, and for sharing our enthusiasm for oral history in all its rich variety.

Over the last year we’ve maintained a lively calendar of events to excite and engage novice oral historians while also offering cutting edge professional development for experienced oral historians. Apart from our 4 training workshops and annual symposium, this year we are trialling a regular support event for members (starting Tuesday 9 May) and we’ll be launching the book from the Australian Generations Oral History Project. Members receive advance notice plus discounts for all OHV events. See the OHV website ( for all events, and links to oral history advice and news from across Victoria, interstate and around the world. We also showcase the OHV awards: entry details will be announced shortly for the 2017 awards which will be presented at our AGM on 26 October.

Oral History Victoria is a member of Oral History Australia, which hosts our biennial national conference (Sydney in September 2017). OHV members receive the annual Oral History Australia journal. We’ll also continue to circulate the OHV online oral history newsletter, Rewind.

This past year our committee has been replenished with new people and new energy. Later this year we’ll be seeking new committee members at the AGM. If you are interested in joining the committee please do contact me (email, phone 0452-221589). We share the workload so it is not onerous, and it’s a fun group to work with and from which to learn more about oral history. Nomination forms will be distributed before the October AGM.

I do hope you will rejoin OHV and be part of the excitement of oral history in this state. I look forward to meeting you at one of our events. With very best wishes,

Alistair Thomson, President, Oral History Victoria; Professor of History, Monash University


Oral History Victoria (OHV) Membership Renewal Invitation

Thank you for your support of Oral History Victoria this past year. Your current membership year expires on 30 June and we invite you to renew for the following membership year  July 2017 – 2018.

Renewing Online

Renewing is easy! Simply  Click Here  to renew your OHV membership or copy the full web address into your web browser –

Please note that renewals are due by 30 June.

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

Ph 0408 145623


  1. Registration Now Open!

On behalf of Oral History NSW, we are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 2017 Conference.

SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney
13 – 16 September 2017

Fees and Information

A range of registration options are available,
whether you can attend the full conference or just one day!

The Early Bird Registration Deadline is Friday 30 June, register now to save!


Fees and Information



Block bookings at special rates have been made with the hotels below.
Please book your accommodation through the Conference Secretariat via the online conference registration page to obtain these rates.

Oaks on Castlereagh

Rydges World Square

Vibe Hotel Sydney

Pre Conference 
Make the most of your conference experience and attend an exclusive
pre-conference workshop or walking tour on Wednesday 13th September.

Be sure to register ASAP as positions are limited and available on a first come first served basis.


Program Details


Spread the WORD
Know someone you think might be interested in attending?
Invite them to join you at the conference.

Click below to download a registration information flyer, send it to out to a fellow oral historian or colleague, or post it on your website or Facebook page.

Registration Flyer

Join the conversation on Twitter:


For further information please contact the OHAC 2017 Conference Secretariat:
DC Conferences Pty Ltd

Suite 103, Level 1, 3-5 West Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, Australia | PO Box 637, North Sydney 2059
P 612 9954 4400 | F 612 9954 0666 | E


  1. The XX IOHA Congress: “Memory and Narration”, University of Jyväskylä, June 18-20, 2018

Call for Papers

The International Oral History Association is pleased to announce the call for papers for the next congress in 2018. The XX IOHA Congress will be held from June 18 to 20, 2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland. The congress is hosted by the University of Jyväskylä, the Finnish Literature Society, and the Finnish Oral History Network.

The theme of the congress is Memory and Narration. The main focus of the congress is on the complex and multidimensional nature of oral history. Oral history and life story research can be carried out from numerous perspectives. We invite papers that address the methodological issues related to the production and analysis of oral histories and life stories. We especially encourage contributions related to oral history sources as narratives/narration and applications of methodological theories and practices.

We therefore look forward to receiving abstracts on the following themes:

– Archived oral history

– Personal and shared narratives

– Transgenerational memory

– Class, gender, and memory

– Traditions, folklore and history

– Oral history and different disciplines

– New waves of oral history

– Oral history, theory and ethics

– Oral history sources as narratives

– Oral history and narrative theory


The XX IOHA Congress coincides with the anniversary of two important events in Finnish history, the centennial of the 1918 Finnish Civil War as well as the end of World War I. The congress organizers would therefore like to welcome also contributions that address e.g. memory of war and other conflicts, coping with war and narratives of survival, intergenerational war memories and communities of commemoration.

The official language of the congress is English, but presentations in Spanish will also be accepted. You can propose either 1) a paper, 2) a poster, or 3) an audiovisual presentation.

To propose a paper or a poster:

Submit an abstract of no more than 300 words via the abstract submission form that will be available on the congress web page on

March 31, 2017. Select the type of presentation (a paper or a poster) and select one of the themes on the provided list for the scheduling of your presentation. Please also indicate the language of your presentation (English or Spanish) and provide 3-5 keywords related to your presentation.

To propose an audiovisual presentation:

Submit an abstract of no more than 300 words via the abstract submission form that will be available on the congress web page on March 31, 2017. Select one of the themes on the provided list for the scheduling of your presentation. Please provide 3-5 keywords related to your presentation. It is important that you provide details of both the content and format of your work (explain clearly what type it is, and how it should be screened) and any further important information concerning technical requirements. If the presentation is not in English, please make sure that it is subtitled.

Instructions on how to submit your audiovisual materials online will be provided later.

Abstract deadline

The deadline for all proposals is August 31, 2017. A notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent in November 2017.


All participants must also register. The online registration and payment form will be available on the congress website in January 2018. Please check the website for further information.

You are welcome to join us in Jyväskylä, Finland for the XX International Oral History Association Congress in 2018! Please check the IOHA 2018 congress web page for more information about the congress, the hosting organizations—the University of Jyväskylä, the Finnish Literature Society, the Finnish Oral History Network—as well as other relevant topics. The website will be continuously updated as the congress approaches.

If you have any questions concerning the CfP process, please email:

7. Oral History Network News number 70



Dear Members and Friends,

Click HERE for Network News No. 70, May 2017.  Included are the regular listings of conferences etc. in Australia and overseas, and a range of events and exhibitions of interest around NSW.  News includes information on funding and grants currently available, and there are links to a wide range of reading and listening opportunities from Australia and around the world.  Following is a full list of contents.

Francis Good
Editor, Oral History Network News

Oral History Network News No. 70, May 2017

  • Oral History Australia Journal deadline extended
  • Oral History Australia National Conference, Sydney, September 2017
  • 2017 Hazel de Berg Award
  • OH NSW blog & Facebook

Conferences etc. – Australia

  • Oral History Australia National Conference, Sydney, September 2017
  • Museums Galleries Australia National Conference, Brisbane, May 2017
  • Australian Historical Association, Newcastle, July 2017
  • Aust’n & NZ Soc’y of the History of Medicine, Fitzroy Vic., July 2017
  • National Editors Conference, Brisbane, September 2017
  • National Labour History Conference, Brisbane, September 2017
  • Australian Society of Archivists, September 2017

Conferences etc. – overseas

  • International Oral History Association, Finland, June 2018
  • International Federation for Public History, Italy June 2017
  • Oral History Society, UK, July 2017
  • Oral History Association, USA, October 2017
  • Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, UK, January 2018


  • ‘Lost Voices in Callan Park’, exhibition May 2017
  • ‘Lindesay, Darling Point – a fit object for preservation’, May 2017
  • Canberra & Region Heritage Festival, April–May 2017
  • ‘Research to publication’ masterclass resource sheet
  • ‘Documenting hardship’, Sydney May 2017
  • ‘Going the distance at the Spit’, exhibition, Mosman to 21 May 2017
  • 2017 Trove Roadshows, May & June 2017
  • ‘Talking Machines’ video project, Wagga Wagga, May 2017
  • Australian Lives: an intimate history, Anisa Puri & Alistair Thomson,
    ACT & NSW launches, May & June 2017


  • Words & Silences, IOHA, call for papers
  • NSW History Week, September 2017
  • History Council NSW Internship Program
  • NSW Government Heritage Grants
  • NLA Community Heritage Grants
  • NLA fellowships and scholarships
  • A & NZ History of Education Society, research opportunity
  • Create NSW, Arts & Cultural Development Program
  • RAHS Grants Program
  • British Library sound heritage project, National Lottery grant

Reading & Listening

  • Brooklyn (USA) Historical Society oral histories online
  • Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony (Canada) research innovation
  • Voices of the Hunter – oral history interviews online
  • Oral History Review blog – ‘Tending the Roots’
  • Demystifying the Copyright Amendment Bill
  • ‘Australian love-lives through the decades’, Alistair Thomson interview with ABC Radio
  • Sydney Oral Histories, City of Sydney


This month’s electronic version of Rewind can be downloaded here.