Talking History – Forty Years On: The Transformations of Oral History

Professor Alistair Thomson presents September’s Talking History lecture Forty Years On: The Transformations of Oral History

Celebrating forty years since the creation of the Oral History Association of Australia in 1979, current President of Oral History Australia Alistair Thomson will reflect on the transformations of oral history across those years, in Australia and abroad. Starting with the first interview with his grandmother in 1979, and covering both community and academic oral history, Al will draw on examples from his own interviews with war veterans, migrants and in the Australian Generations project to illuminate the history of oral history and its abiding value and impact.

Tuesday 17 September, 5pm for a 5.30pm start. Click here to book.

Doors open at 5pm, lecture will commence at 5.30pm. Parking available on Torrens Parade Ground, off Victoria Drive. Light refreshments provided before the lecture.

This free public lecture is part of the History Trust’s Talking History series.

Alistair Thomson is Professor of History at Monash University in Australia and President of Oral History Australia. In 2018 he received the Award for Teaching Excellence (Arts and Humanities) at the Australian Awards for University Teaching. His books include: Anzac Memories (1994 and 2013), The Oral History Reader (1998, 2006 and 2015 with Robert Perks), 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), and Australian Lives: An Intimate History (2017, with Anisa Puri).