Oral History Victoria

Oral History Victoria, the State branch of Oral History Australia, exists to promote oral history practice and understanding. OHV is run by an elected committee. We are represented on the national OHA executive committee, which is responsible for biennial national conferences and the annual Oral History Australia journal. The OHV committee is a voluntary organisation. We organise a yearly calendar of events which includes training workshops, OHV Innovation Awards, Rewind newsletter for members and this website, containing current national and international oral history content.


President: Alistair Thomson is Professor of History at Monash University and was previously President of the International Oral History Association (2006-08); and Professor of Oral History at the University of Sussex. His oral history books include Anzac Memories (1994 and 2013), The Oral History Reader (1998, 2006, 2015 with Rob Perks), Ten Pound Poms (2006 with Jim Hammerton), Moving Stories (2011) and Oral History and Photography (2011 with Alex Freund). Al was Project Leader for the Australian Generations Oral History Project (a National Library of Australia, ABC Radio National and university partnership). Further details at http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/alistair-thomson/

Vice President: Katrina Lolicato is a PhD Candidate in Cultural and Museum Studies at Deakin University. She is also a managing director of The Foundling Archive, an organization that uses a collection of lost and found personal items, oral history and everyday objects to develop exhibitions, publications and public projects that relate to Australia’s social history and cultural development. Her love of personal testimony and the meanings of personal objects stems from being raised in a family who placed great emphasis on sharing experience and of keeping the few photographs, documents and trinkets that had been collected and kept as family treasures through generations. This interest is reflected in both my research and my work.

Secretary: Ian Parry is a relative newcomer to the field of oral history having trained as an anthropologist.  He is currently working on community organisation projects.

Treasurer: Susan Faine is a consulting historian, curator and collection manager. Interested in the lives of ordinary people, Susan has worked in community museums and on community heritage projects most of her professional life. She is interested in intangible heritage and material culture, and how the two can be used together to give us insights into all sorts of aspects of our social history and culture.

Committee Members:

Rewind Editor: Ken Berryman was the first Melbourne manager appointed by the National Film and Sound Archive and was also responsible for producing a number of its regional archival video compilations. He was manager of the Archive’s Oral History Program for 10 years and, as a freelance interviewer, continues to record commissioned interviews for this Program by arrangement.

Event Program Co-ordinator (joint): Fiona Davis is a postdoctoral fellow at Australian Catholic University. Her book, Australian Settler Colonialism and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station, which drew on oral histories as well as archival research, was published in 2014. The book was based on a PhD thesis completed at the University of Melbourne in 2010.

Event Program Co-ordinator (joint):  Christin Quirk is a doctoral candidate in modern history at Macquarie University, Australia. Her thesis uses oral history to explore the experiences of single and lesbian mothers in postwar Australia. Her research interests include history of the family, women’s history, and post-war social movements. Christin lives and works in Melbourne.

OHA representative: Jillian Adams graduated with honours in Geography and majors in Literature, Journalism and Fine Arts then went off to Paris to pursue a career in hospitality.  She is a qualified teacher and a graduate of Cordon Bleu in Paris. Jillian is well known in Melbourne’s coffee world. She set up and ran the first Espresso Coffee Academy at William Angliss Institute, wrote the definitive text on Espresso Coffee Making and a history of Melbourne’s Tea and Coffee industries. She is a writer and historian with a Masters in Oral History and Historical Memory and a doctorate in Culinary history and creative writing. She is currently writing a biography about America’s first television celebrity chef Dione Lucas.

Website administrator: Linda Patrick is a community based oral history interviewer with the Flinders & District Historical Society.

Website administrator:  Ann Scally established the oral history writing service, Storytelling Productions, in 1999 after completing a Masters Degree in Gerontology where her focus was on older people’s stories.

Membership co-ordinator:  Solange (Shell) Brave

Our Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of our organisation are to:

  • promote ethical practice and methods of oral history
  • educate in the use of oral history methods
  • encourage discussions on all aspects of oral history
  • foster the preservation of oral history records
  • pursue common objectives and maintain links with other Australian oral history associations through membership of Oral History Australia Inc.
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