Hazel de Berg Award for
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:
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.
de Berg Award .. Jill Cassidy
Jill Cassidy has made an outstanding contribution
Sue Anderson, President, Oral History Australia © Sandra Blamey
Winners of the Hazel de Berg Award 2006-2015