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

Tim and Ros Bowden

Tim made the iconic programs ‘Taim bilong Masta' on life in New Guinea and ‘Prisoners of War: Australians under Nippon' for the ABC in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1985 he established the Social History Unit at the ABC with its many programs based on oral history. An early member of OHAA NSW Tim has addressed seminars and conferences on several occasions and while giving good advice succeeds in amusing and enchanting his audiences. (2001)

Ros was a pioneer feminist in the 1970s and a foundation member of OHAA NSW. She encouraged the ABC to present her programs on the role of women in Australian history. Unusually for a journalist she preserved her recordings and presented them to the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, where they form an important archive. In 1989 she became head of the Social History Unit at the ABC and fought for its continued existence - and succeeded. She has participated in many OHAA seminars and conferences. (2001)