Oral History Australia is a non-profit body whose members practise and promote oral history. Oral history occupies a unique place in the discipline of history, in that it is the only historical endeavour that allows historians to speak directly to their sources and receive an answer.
This human relationship is at the heart of oral history practice and it transforms the experience of historical research. For the past forty years, Australian oral historians have collected the stories of the marginalised, the hidden, the downtrodden, the silenced and the disenfranchised so that they can sit alongside the experiences and memories of those whose voices are more typically heard in our national story. Since 1979, Oral History Australia’s local South Australian/Northern Territory Association has worked to record the experiences, memories and perspectives of individuals and groups of people who might otherwise have been ‘hidden from history’.
The South Australia/Northern Territory Association of Oral History Australia Inc. came to life just seven months after the national body was founded in Perth in July 1978 and has been a significant and active group ever since. Members include professional oral historians, community historians, students, academics, ethnographers, anthropologists, librarians and members of the public who share an interest in promoting oral history as a transformative historical practice.
In this, our 40th year, we seek to raise funds so that we can celebrate the past forty years by connecting the past with the future through the further development of the skills and knowledge of new and emerging oral history practitioners.
The establishment of a dedicated 40th Anniversary Fund will allow us to increase the scale of planned events and expand the range of activities we offer to the public, thereby recruiting and supporting a greater number of oral historians in the SA/NT community.
Donations to our fund will be used in a variety of ways that are of benefit to the wider SA/NT community.
Across 2019, we will offer scholarships to new and emerging oral historians; we will engage with community oral history projects, providing support and training where necessary; we will share our knowledge and expertise with members of the public via workshops and public lectures; we will record the memories of the first five presidents of our local SA/NT Association, and we will ensure that Oral History Australia’s local group continues to record the memories, stories and firsthand accounts of everyday people for years to come.
You can find out more about us and about how you can be involved in our activities or apply for funding from us via our website: