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

Indigenous Oral Histories Seminar

Saturday 29 July, 2017
11am-12.45pm (with morning tea provided from 10:30am)
History House, 133 Macquarie St

Indigenous Oral Histories Seminar PresentersFrom community-driven and university-based projects, to the collecting initiatives of libraries, archives and museums, the oral history work being undertaken with Indigenous communities across Australia is extensive.
In this seminar, you’ll hear from Associate Professor Heidi Norman, who has expertise in conducting research about Aboriginal land rights, Dr. Dino Hodge, an activist and academic renowned for his explorations of Indigenous Australian queer histories, and archivist Kirsten Thorpe, who leads the Indigenous Services team at the State Library of NSW. The session will be chaired by Kate Waters – an experienced professional historian with expertise in ethical approaches to conducting oral history interviews with Aboriginal communities.

Registration fees

Members of Oral History NSW: $20 
Non-Members: $30 

For all enquiries please contact Cheryl Ware at  events@oralhistorynsw.org.au

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Oral History Seminar

Dr Tanya EvansOral History NSW is pleased to present a lecture by historian Dr Tanya Evans. The event will be followed by the Oral History NSW Annual General Meeting.

Swimming with the Spit: Feminist oral sport history and the process of ‘sharing authority’ with 20th Century Female swimming champions in Sydney

Dr Evans' last book Swimming with the Spit, 100 years of the Spit Amateur Swimming Club was a community history written to encourage readers and swimmers, young and old, to think about their ambles down to the beach, their invigorating swims and refreshing afternoon dips on sultry Sydney-summer days and crisp winter mornings, with an eye on their history. Passion for a sport in the present can overshadow its fascinating past. 

This talk will reveal how feminist oral histories of the Spit Club's female swimming champions were used  to trace the ways in which swimming and its historical meanings have changed for women in twentieth-century Australia. It reveals the lack of cultural scripts local female swimming stars could call upon to narrate their life stories and sporting success, the different ways in which they want their lives remembered and how historians might approach the complex construction of these histories when writing public history and trying to share authority in the process.

Event details:

Date: 9th August 2017
Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Drinks: 5pm-6pm
Presentation: 6pm-6.45pm
Oral History NSW AGM: From 6.45pm

Cost: $15 (Members)/ $20 (Non-Members)
The AGM is free to all

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Workshop - Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age

A practical workshop for all interested in recording the experiences of family, friends, local community, history of museum items or any other project incorporating memories of the past.

Presenters Pauline Curby and Andrew HostAre you interested in recording the memories of your family, your community or your workplace? Then come along to this very popular and informative workshop to equip you to undertake oral history interviews. Workshop leaders will be Pauline Curby, an experienced oral historian and Andrew Host, whose 35 years experience as a sound engineer can help you get quality recordings that will stand the test of time. Both are members of Oral History NSW.

Topics include:

Reference notes provided.

When and Where


Saturday, 7th October 2017
Registration 9.30 am
Workshop commences: 9.45 am
Workshop concludes: 4.30 pm


RAHS, History House
133 Macquarie St, Sydney


$105 non-members
$95 Oral History NSW & RAHS members
Morning & afternoon tea included.

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