Oral History Australia
Giving Voice to the Past

Hazel de Berg Award for

Excellence in Oral History


We welcome nominations for the 2017 Hazel de Berg Award which will be announced at the national Oral History Australia Conference in Sydney 13-16 September 2017.

Download the nomination form here

A word copy of the nomination form is available here

Self-nominees will need to download Guidelines for Referees here

Closing date for applications 30 June 2017

Oral History Australia has established an award to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of oral history in Australia. The Award is not restricted to members of Oral History Australia. The inaugural award was presented at the International Oral History Association Conference Sydney in 2006.

To commemorate her pioneering work in oral history, the award has been named the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History.

The recipient shall be the nominee deemed by the National Committee of the Oral History Australia to have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of oral history in Australia over a considerable period of time.  Relevant activities are many and varied and include:

  • Promotion and raising of awareness of oral history, within the oral history profession, with historians, with organisations and within the general community.
  • Volunteer work  with communities, not-for-profit groups and with oral history associations.
  • Initiation of and contribution to oral history projects documenting Australia's past and contemporary history.
  • Recording and documentation of oral history.
  • Preservation and archiving of oral history collections.
  • Research involving assessing oral history.
  • Publication of papers, journal articles and books.
  • Education and/or teaching including conduct of seminars and workshops.
  • Mentoring
  • Such other contributions to oral history considered worthy of recognition.

Anyone can make a nomination and there is no impediment to a person nominating themself. This national award presents the opportunity to give public recognition and encouragement not only to the recipient but to the important role of oral history.

The award was named in honour of Hazel de Berg in recognition of her pioneering work in oral history. From 1957, Hazel documented Australia's social history by recording poets, novelists, historians, painters, musicians and scientists - people who were contributing to the ongoing intellectual life of Australia. A significant number of her interviews are now held in the oral history collection of the National Library of Australia as the Hazel de Berg Oral History Collection, a collection which comprises approximately 1300 hour-long taped interviews.

The De Berg family has generously offered to provide this award and arranged for its design by a glass artist. Each award is inscribed with the recipients name and the date and accompanied by a citation.


          2015 Winner of the Hazel

             de Berg Award .. Jill Cassidy

    Jill Cassidy has made an outstanding contribution
    to the cause of oral history in Australia for almost
    30 years, undertaken both in a professional and
    voluntary capacity.

    Photo:  Jill was presented with the Hazel de Berg Award by
      Sue Anderson, President, Oral History Australia © ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Sandra Blamey

    Read About:

    Winners of the Hazel de Berg Award 2006-2015

    Hazel de Berg and her passion for Oral History