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

Our Partners

Oral History Australia Inc


Oral History Australia Inc is based on the collaboration of the six state Oral History Associations which make up its membership. The national association Management Committee is comprised of an accredited delegate from each State Oral History association. 

The Oral History Association of Australia was established in 1978 to foster the use oral history as a research methodology around Australia.  Branches were established in each State which over time have become independently incorporated associations.  On 22 September 2013 a new national constitution and governance structure was adopted and the Association’s name changed to Oral History Australia Inc.

The aims of Oral History Australia are:

  • promote discussion and training on all aspects of the methodology and ethical practices of oral history as a discipline and a means of gathering and preserving social and cultural history;
  • foster preservation, access and use of oral history collections;
  • support State and Territory Oral History associations;
  • provide a national voice on all aspects of oral history; and
  • link Australian oral historians to the international oral history movement.

Oral History Australia Inc Constitution adopted 22.09.13


  Oral History Australia

Royal Australian Historical Society


The Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), Australia’s oldest historical organisation founded in Sydney in 1901, exists to encourage the study of and interest in Australian history.  The Society has a membership network of individuals and local historical societies, libraries and corporate partners. RAHS administers grants on behalf of the New South Wales government for the promotion of heritage (Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning) and the writing and publication of local history (NSW Ministry for the Arts).

Oral History NSW is an Affiliate Member of RAHS.  For the past six years Oral History NSW and RAHS have collaborated in regularly presenting introduction to oral history theory and practice workshops Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age. 



State Library of New South Wales


The State Library of New South Wales extensive collections document the heritage of Australia and Oceania and are one of the State’s most valuable assets. By building, preserving and delivering its collections, including today’s born digital materials, the Library enables Australians to interrogate our past and imagine our future.

The Original Materials Branch manages an extensive oral history collection which is rapidly being digitised to enable ease of access and aid preservation. Sally Hone, Curator of Oral History, welcomes contact concerning the extensive Oral History Collection at the State Library.  

Email: shone@sl.nsw.gov.au
Ph: (02)9273 1697 

The State Library has given active support to the Oral History Association NSW over many years and currently collaborates in presenting two seminars on an aspect of oral history each year.


History Council of New South Wales


Oral History NSW is a member of the History Council of New South Wales. The Council is the peak body in this state and represents over 22,000 people from across the history sector. Its membership encompasses cultural institutions, academia, public and professional historians, educators, community and local historical societies and individuals interested and concerned about the past.

In successfully pursuing its goals in the five key areas of advocacy, awareness, encouraging diversity, rewarding excellence and outreach, the History Council of NSW aims to ensure that history in all its forms is a part of life, in policy and in practice, throughout NSW.

History Week, initiated by the History Council of NSW, is a significant event that engages local communities on the NSW cultural calendar. Each year members of the History Council of NSW collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme in a variety of formats. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone inviting them to get involved.


The Dictionary of Sydney


Oral History NSW has a new partnership with the Dictionary of Sydney  aimed at increasing the oral history content on their site.  In 2014 a grant of $5,000 has been made to the Dictionary of Sydney to be used to source a series of commentaries that highlight stories about the Georges River and the surrounding area.  The project will work closely with the Heritage Collection at the Liverpool City Library to capture choice excerpts of local people reminiscing about the area.  Keep in touch with the development of this landmark digital history initiative supported by the City of Sydney, the Australian Research Council and a number of Sydney's leading cultural institutions and universities.