Oral History Australia
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TRAINING - Broome Oral History Winter School

by | February 13, 2019

Coinciding with Broome’s unique natural phenomena, the staircase to the moon, the three-day oral history winter school will be held at Goolarri Media Enterprises (GME) in Broome from 18-20 June 2019.

The winter school, supported by the West Australian branch of the Oral History Association is offering you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the practicalities of oral history and gain nationally recognised certification. This is a stepping stone for further learning and possible employment opportunities.

The nationally accredited oral history training will be delivered by Dr Elaine Rabbitt and GME sound recordist, Arthur Hunter.

Elaine has developed the oral history training package for AHCILM404 Record and Document Community History,drawn from the wealth of oral history teaching materials that are available in Australia and overseas.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is also available for eligible applicants.

Dates: Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th June 2019

Time: 8.30 am to 2:30pm

Location: Goolarri Media enterprises & Blackman St Broome Western Australia


  • $350 (no GST) for OHA members, concession card holders and students
  • $395 for non-members (includes annual membership to OHA WA).

Those who complete the workshop, an interview and their assessment workbook, will be awarded their certificate issued by the Goolarri Media Enterprises (GME) Registered Training Organisation No.51278. Your certificate will be recognised nation-wide under the Australian Quality Framework.

Student accommodation is available at Notre Dame University – $70 per night – share house.

Further information and to register:


Mary Elgar JP is a keen amateur historian and has just published her first book:

A Mere Country Village Bridgetown 1868 – 2018, a celebration of the town’s 150 year history, supported by the Bridgetown Historical Society.  Based on over 40 oral histories, Mary who attended the oral history winter school in Broome said

'It was thanks to your course that I had the courage to do it!

'The accredited Oral History course gave me credentials that I didn’t have from the workshops I attended in Perth. With credentials came courage to consider oral history projects and the success can be seen in the publication of A Mere Country Village. In 2019 I will apply for funding to commence a 2nd project, focussing on the apple industry in Bridgetown from its inception to its demise.'