'The oral history movement embraces a diverse range of practitioners who record and use oral history interviews, including family, community and professional historians, museum curators and archivists, media workers and journalists, teachers and academics in a variety of disciplines, from history to anthropology, sociology to health care, linguistics to communication studies. We share a passion for recorded life stories, especially from people and groups who are under-represented in the historical record, and for the difference oral history can make to understanding and changing our world.'
Alistair Thomson, President, Oral History Australia
The aims of Oral History Australia are to:
The Oral History Association of Australia was formed in 1978 and in 2013 was renamed Oral History Australia. It remains a non-profit body whose members practise and promote oral history.
Read about our history in Beth Robertson's article:
"Long Desperate Hours at the Typewriter: establishing the Oral History Association of Australia"
Membership of Oral History Australia is comprised of the independently incorporated State and Territory associations of oral historians. The Northern Territory is affiliated with South Australia and the ACT with New South Wales.
All State Oral History Associations hold regular meetings, seminars and workshops and encourage members to lodge their work with libraries and archives for the benefit of researchers and to ensure preservation. Some states are able to provide recording equipment at very low rates to members.
The Oral History Australia Journal is published annually and its contents reflects the diversity and vitality of oral history practice in Australia. Items for publication may be accepted from overseas-based contributors.
National conferences are held biennially focusing on current and future oral history projects as well as ongoing and evolving issues such as ethics and copyright. These conferences usually include international speakers.
Access the Constitution of Oral History Australia.