Congratulations to Rosemary Block the 2019 recipient of the Oral History Australia (OHA) Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History.
A long-serving member of Oral History New South Wales, Rosemary received the award from Hazel de Berg's daughter Di Ritch at the recent 2019 OHA Biennial Conference in Brisbane.
In the award citation the judges said Rosemary had demonstrated an 'outstanding contribution to the field of oral history' as the inaugural Curator of Oral History at the State Library of NSW, a role she held for more than twenty years. She had built, managed, commissioned and curated the State Library’s Oral History Collection, and supplemented the collection by providing a wide range of professional services and support to the public.
Rosemary also served as National President of Oral History Australia from 1993 to 1997 and 1999 to 2007, as well as serving as NSW state President from 1991 to 2010.
Her contribution to the field has been substantial, including: organising international and national conferences, and state workshops and seminars; authoring a wide range of published work; and she has provided a considerable degree of mentoring to emerging oral historians. A great deal of her efforts have been made in a voluntary capacity and there is no doubt that her work in the field has left oral history in this country in a very strong position.
Further information about the Hazel de Berg Award and previous recipients is available on this website at: Hazel de Berg Award.
Pictured below is OHA National President Alistair Thomson with Rosemary Block and Di Ritch.
Photos by Judy Hughes