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INVITATION: Launch of "Australian Lives: An Intimate History" VIC, ACT, NSW, SA

by | May 17, 2017

Australian Lives: An Intimate History   

By Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson

To be launched by David Astle, columnist and crossword-maker, at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
When: Monday 22 May 2017, 6pm–7.30pm
Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free event, but please register here.

To be launched by Professor Frank Bongiorno at the National Library of Australia.
When: Wednesday 31 May 2017, 6pm
Where: Conference Room, National Library of Australia, Canberra
Cost: Free event, but please book on 02 6262 1424 or here.
Book signing to follow.

To be launched by Lisa Murray, City Historian, City of Sydney, with MC Clare Monagle.
When: Saturday 17 June 2017, 4pm for 4.30pm
Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW
Cost: Free event, but please RSVP to Gleebooks.


9 September, 2017: A special launch event presented by the History Council of South Australia/Oral History Australia SA/NT Branch. 

Australian Lives: An Intimate History is a book rich with testimony from diverse Australians about the history of everyday life across the past century. In this book, readers follow 50 ‘ordinary’ Australians, born between 1920 and 1989, who narrate their experiences as children and teenagers, in midlife and in old age, about faith, migration, work and play, aspiration and activism, memory and identity, joy and sorrow.

Australian Lives illuminates Australian life by showing how Australians from all walks of life have been shaped by contemporary history and how, in turn, they have made their lives and created Australian society.

Drawing upon interviews recorded by the Australian Generations oral history project, Australian Lives is also a book with a difference: e-book users can listen to hundreds of interview extracts by connecting direct to the National Library online archive to hear interviewees tell their stories in their own voices.

‘Life is long. When you’re forty-eight, there’s been a lot of stuff that’s happened (laughs). It’s got elements of comedy and there are elements of heartache and drama and thriller and it’s got so many things in it.’ Rhonda King, born 1965

‘I really like the idea that in maybe a hundred years someone could listen and hear about my life to learn about what living in 2012 or 2013 was like. Think that’s really cool.’ Adam Farrow-Palmer, born 1988 


About the authors

Anisa Puri is a professional historian and a PhD candidate in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. Her work explores oral history and memory, Australian social and cultural history, and the intersection between oral history and digital technology. She is also the President of Oral History NSW.

Alistair Thomson is Professor of History at Monash University. His books include: Ten Pound Poms (2005, with Jim Hammerton), Moving Stories: An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries (2011), Oral History and Photography (2011, with Alexander Freund), Anzac Memories (2013), and The Oral History Reader (2016, with Robert Perks).

Published by Monash University Press  - see further details here

Publication: May 2017 ISBN (print): 978-1-922235-78-7 Paperback AUD $39.95