Oral History NSW
Giving Voice to the Past
Giving Voice to the Past

Examples of Websites featuring Oral Histories

Voices of the Hunter – Oral History Interviews
The Coalfields Heritage Group www.coalfieldsheritagegroup.org runs a heritage centre and museum (the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum) in Kurri Kurri where rich history and heritage information and material about the coalfields of the Hunter Valley, NSW can be found in its library and archives. Much of the Coalfield's heritage group material is freely available. During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded over 800 interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes and copies held by the Coalfields Heritage Group. Working with the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections team the tapes have now been digitised and are available on SoundCloud as 'Voices of the Hunter' https://soundcloud.com/uoncc/sets/voth


Eat, Pray Naches: Jewish Community Stories - Waverley Council 
This is a unique project that celebrates Waverley's Jewish community by preserving and sharing the stories of its post-War immigrants and their families.  It showcases the food, rituals and joys of Jewish migrants, their courage, hardship and optimism and how they found naches at the sunny shores of places like Bondi.  As well as the project website with over 100 post-war immigrant stories, including 104 videos on the themes migration, eat, pray, naches, an historical timeline, interactive maps, school kit, public programs and more, there is also a travelling exhibition.

Australian Generations Oral History Project

The March 2016 theme issue of Australian Historical Studies (AHS), edited by Katie Holmes and Alistair Thomson, features seven articles by members of the Australian Generations team using the project’s oral history interviews to illuminate a range of topics in Australian social history, and to discuss innovations and issues in oral history. The open access online editorial on ‘Oral History and Australian Generations’ by Katie and Al introduces the project and the articles. Katie and Al also discuss the articles in this video clip on the AHS Facebook site. Use this link to access all the articles. To view individual articles click on any of the links (note that if you are not an AHS subscriber you will need to view through a local, state or education library, or pay for access). You can also listen to ten Australian Generations radio programs produced by ABC Radio National, or access the interviews via the Australian Generations website.

Nov 2016 From Glory Boxes to Grindr: Dating in Australia 1945-2015
This web-exhibition has been created by Anisa Puri and Al Thomson from the Australian Generations Project oral history interviews and links to their forthcoming book Australian Lives: An Intimate History.   https://gloryboxtogrindr.com/ 

The City of Sydney is committed to the ongoing collection oral history interviews that record and reflect the diverse nature of many communities www.sydneyoralhistories.com.au 
The TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Sutherland College Oral History Project This oral history collection applies oral testimony to teaching and learning resources. It was established to record the histories of students studying Social Inclusion and Vocational Access courses - second chance learners, and teaching and general staff of Sutherland College, past and present. The project records the memories of people who probably would not otherwise tell the history of their unique experiences. The histories recorded for this project support NSW TAFE and School curriculum.   http://oralhistory.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/         

Sudanese people in the Sutherland Shire - a moving community

This oral history project records the outstanding combined community efforts of people in the Sutherland Shire to support Sudanese people who settled in the area. Oral histories of people from the Sudanese community and people who have assisted them from Caringbah Anglican Church, Gymea Community Aid Information Service, Sutherland Shire Council and TAFE NSW Sutherland College are recorded. The oral history project not only records community history in Australia but records for posterity recollections of life in Africa, the Dinka language and images.